Social Security Disability benefits are available to individuals who are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability. To qualify for these benefits, applicants must meet certain criteria, including having a disability that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, and having worked long enough and recently enough to be insured under Social Security. The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility for disability benefits based on an individual’s medical condition, age, education, and work history. The SSA also considers whether an individual can adjust to other work, given his or her medical condition, age, education, and work experience. If an individual is found to be disabled, he or she may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is a monthly benefit paid to individuals who have worked and paid Social Security taxes, while SSI is a monthly benefit paid to individuals who have limited income and resources. In addition to monthly benefits, individuals may also be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid coverage. The SSA also provides work incentives and other services to help individuals with disabilities return to work.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs that provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To be eligible for either program, applicants must meet certain criteria. For SSDI, applicants must have worked and paid Social Security taxes for a certain number of years, and must have a disability that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. For SSI, applicants must have limited income and resources, and must be blind, disabled, or over the age of 65. In addition, applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal aliens, and must not be receiving benefits from another government program. The SSA also requires applicants to provide medical evidence of their disability, such as doctor’s reports, lab tests, and medical records. The SSA will review the evidence and make a determination as to whether the applicant is eligible for benefits. If approved, the applicant will receive a monthly benefit payment, which is based on the applicant’s work history and current financial situation.