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    Is SSI the same as SSDI?

    Is it the same as SSI

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    Help with your disability claim questions.
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    The Federal government administers two disability benefit programs. Specific information for each program is listed below.

    The Social Security Disability Insurance program or SSDI is a disability program which provides disability payments to workers who have a severe mental or physical health condition which is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months and who are no longer able to work or to perform work at a "substantial level". SSDI benefits may also be paid to the widow, widowers and children of insured and disabled workers.

    In addition to the medical criteria established by the Social Security Administration (SSA), workers must also have worked long enough and paid enough in payroll taxes to be considered "insured" by the SSA. The Social Security Administration determines the number of work credits which must be accumulated by disabled workers to qualify for SSDI, and the number of credits needed to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance can vary if you become disabled at a young age

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is provided to the aged (65 years or older), blind or disabled who are not considered "insured" by the Federal Government but need cash assistance to meet their minimum monthly expenses. Supplemental Security Income is a "needs" based program and is only provided to claimants who have VERY limited income and resources and who meet additional non-economic considerations. You might know this to be supplemental social security insurance, but the proper term is Supplemental Security Income.

    Without more information about your case it is impossible to say for sure whether or not you would qualify for benefits.

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