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The Social Security List of Impairments
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What if a person does not qualify for Social Security Retirement?

Most individuals will qualify for social security retirement. However, an individual whose earnings record is limited enough to preclude being insured for social security retirement may still be entitled to receive a monthly benefit based on financial need (SSI) provided they are at least 65 years old.

Such individuals will need to provide information regarding financial means and resources to qualify for SSI based on retirement age. Of course, individuals who are younger than 65 and have medical problems may potentially qualify for a disability benefit based on financial need (in other words, SSI disability).

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    For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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