SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a cash benefit that helps cover expenses when you are unable to work. Learn the basics of SSDI.

Applying for Disability

Applying for disability can seem like an intimidating process. Many people believe that the Social Security Administration (SSA) turns everyone down initially. In fact, applicants get approved on their initial application 30% of the time. There are simple steps that can increase your changes of having your application approved. Learn more.

Disability Determination

After you submit your application, SSA will review your application to make sure you meet its basic program requirements. If you meet these requirements, SSA will complete the disability decision by compiling your medical records and following a five-step process. Learn more.

Disability Appeals

If you have been denied SSDI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you still have the right to make an appeal. In fact, you have the right to make several appeals if necessary. While many applicants get approved based on their initial applications, many others receive benefits only after going through the appeals process, so do not give up. You can make an appeal. Learn more.

Working and Disability

Going back to work does not automatically stop your benefits under either SSDI or SSI. In fact, SSA has many built-in incentives to encourage you to go back to work. Learn more.

Understanding the Benefits and Your Rights

It is important that you know your rights if you are a recipient of any Social Security services, whether SSDI or SSI. Learn more.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) both provide financial assistance to individuals with disabilities. SSI pays benefits based on financial need. SSDI pays benefits to individuals who have worked long enough and paid into Social Security taxes, regardless of income.

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