The Social Security Administration manages two programs that provide disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both programs offer benefits to people who satisfy the SSA’s definition of disabled, but there are some critical differences between the two programs.
The SSA uses the term “concurrent” to describe individuals who are eligible for benefits under both programs, but many people typically qualify for one or the other. The rules for eligibility are different for SSDI abs SSI, so it is essential for a person to make sure he or she is applying for the right program based on his or her situation.
If you need assistance with a long-term disability claim, it is in your best interest to contact Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP. Call (215) 858-8440 right now to have our firm review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free consultation.
In general, three significant differences distinguish the SSDI program from the SSI program:
To be eligible for SSDI benefits, a person must have earned 20 or more quarters of coverage in the past ten years, while SSI beneficiaries are available to individuals 65 years of age or older or those who are disabled.
The SSA Red Book provides a helpful example of how concurrent benefits work. For most people, the SSA’s rules are very complicated and legal representation is often needed to make sure an application contains all of the necessary items to obtain benefits.
If you need assistance filing for SSDI or SSI benefits, do not hesitate to contact Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP. Our firm helps people all over communities in the greater Philadelphia area and Delaware.
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