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The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI

Non-Medical Requirements

The non-medical requirements for SSD and SSI generally have to do with income in the sense that a claimant cannot have earned income in excess of a limit known as SGA. SGA stands for substantial gainful activity and it basically means that while a person can work and file for (or receive) disability benefits, they cannot earn over a certain limit each month (to see the current limit: SGA).

The SGA earned income limit applies to both Social Security disability and SSI disability. The social security administration keeps the earnings limit in place with the idea in mind that if a person can work and earn at least the SGA earnings amount, then they are probably not functionally limited enough to be "disabled".

Another non-medical requirement concerns assets (also known as resources). However, the consideration of assets or resources only concerns the SSI disability program. Since SSI is based on an individual being disabled but also being in need, the SSI program limits a person's countable assets to two thousand dollars. What are countable assets? They include any vehicles you own in addition to your primary vehicle, any real estate you own other than the house you live in, the cash value - surrender value of insurance policies, and liquid assets such as money in savings accounts.

Individuals who file for SSI and are found to be medically disabled (i.e. have been given an approval by a disability examiner, or an approval by an administrative law judge at a disability hearing) are given what is known as an "end line review". This review is done to make sure that the claimant, even though they have satisfied the medical requirements and criteria for receiving disability, still qualify for SSI disability benefits under the non-medical criteria (such as not having too much in assets or earned income).

Finally, a non-medical requirement that affects applicants for SSD (social security disability), but does not affect applicants for SSI is insured status. Unlike SSI, to receive SSD a person must have earned enough work credits to be considered insured for disability benefits.

Whether or not a person is insured and able to receive SSD (assuming that they are also pass the medical requirements for disability) is determined at the start of the disability claim process since the social security office where a person applies will need to know which program the individual's claim should be taken in.

Additional information:

What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?

  • What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

  • What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

  • Which conditions will social security recognize as a disability?

  • Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

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    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Related pages:

    Who qualifies for disability? - Qualifying is based on evidence of functional limitations
    The Social Security Disability Approval Process and the Criteria for Decisions
    How does Social Security Disability decide that you cannot work?
    How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
    Medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
    The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
    Applying for Disability in Michigan
    Filing a Disability appeal in Michigan
    Will I qualify for disability Benefits in Michigan?

    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