Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

What Benefits come with SSI Disability?

SSI stands for supplemental security income. It is one of the two disability programs operated by the social security. It is different from SSD, or social security disability, in the sense, that it is not based on a person having paid enough into the system to become insured for title II benefit coverage (this coverage is a result of paying fica taxes during the course of one's work years).

SSI is based on need, and therefore it is the program that provides disability benefits for individuals who have never worked, such as children, individuals who have lost their eligibility for SSD, and individuals who are covered by SSD but are only eligible for a small SSD check each month because their earnings over the years were very low.

Note: when a person receives both SSD benefits and SSI benefits, this is known as a concurrent claim, and this is allowed simply to guarantee that a person is eligible for disability benefits may receive a minimum benefit amount each month that is not any lower than what SSI beneficiaries receive as their full payment amount.

What do you get with SSI?

1. SSI provides a monthly disability benefit payment. The current monthly maximum SSI benefit is $771 for an eligible individual. SSI benefits can be reduced from the maximum amount if an individual has income, of course.

2. SSI also comes with access to medicaid which is a combined state and federal benefit. Like SSI, medicaid is based on need. Medicaid may vary from state to state in terms of the benefits it offers; however, medicaid will generally provide for a specific number of medicine prescriptions per month as well as a number of doctor visits per month.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

SSI Disability - Filing for SSI Benefits
How much time does it take to get an SSI Decision?
What Benefits come with SSI Disability?
Is There A Maximum Dollar Amount For SSI Disability?
What is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI?
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?
SSI Benefits - who is Eligible and How do I apply for them?
SSI Benefits - what do they include and how long does it take
What are the Application Requirements For SSI Disability?
The SSI Award Letter from Social Security

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria