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What are the disability requirements for SSD and SSI?



 
More than 900,000 people in Kentucky are receiving some kind of disability from Social Security. Social Security has two disability programs: Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income disability. While these programs have differing non-medical requirements, they have the same disability medical requirements.

To receive disability under either SSD or SSI, you must not be working and earning more than what Social Security refers to as a substantial and gainful income through substantial work activity. To see the earnings limit, see Earned income limit for disability benefits.

To receive disability under the SSI program, you must also not have assets in excess of a maximum of $2000. To see what counts, see Assets and SSI disability.

If you are living in Kentucky and you have become unable to work or to perform substantial work activity due to a physical or mental disabling condition, you should contact Social Security for an appointment.

Medical disability requirements include providing Social Security with your doctor’s information, medications, treatment, and information about your jobs. Social Security will get your doctor's to ascertain if there is sufficient objective medical information to make their determination. If there the medical information in your case file is insufficient, you will be sent for a consultative examination.

You may be thinking, why do I need to provide information about my past and present jobs? Social Security uses a five-step sequential evaluation in which, the fourth and fifth step consider your ability to perform your past jobs, or any other kind of job when your age, education, job skills, and functional limitations are considered. If you are not able to perform past work or other work you may be approved for disability.

You may also receive a disability award by having a condition in the list of disability conditions and satisfying the criteria of the listing (which can be difficult).

This medical evaluation process is the same for all disability claimants in Kentucky and all other states as the system is federal, and it does not matter which disability program you qualify for.








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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.

    The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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