What Is The Difference Between SSI And SSDI?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) are two programs that provide monthly benefits to people who cannot work due to disabilities or illness. In some cases, benefits are available for disabled children.

If your SSDI or SSI claim has been denied, you have the right to appeal that decision. Dale Buchanan & Associates is a law firm dedicated to helping qualified applicants get the SSDI or SSI benefits they need. When you hire our law firm, we will be your strong advocate, working hard to get your claim approved.

SSDI And SSI — Similar, But Different

Both SSDI and SSI provide the same level of monthly benefits, though some aspects of these cases are different. Some of the similarities and differences are explained below.

Work history — Generally speaking, Supplemental Security Income is for people without work histories. Social Security Disability is for people who have worked in the past or are working sporadically. If there are gaps in your work history, it may still be possible to qualify for SSI if not for SSDI.

Qualifying disabilities and illnesses — The physical impairments, mental disabilities and illnesses that can qualify a person for benefits are the same for SSDI as for SSI. However, it is very important to gather relevant information about your medical condition and disability when you apply or appeal a denied claim.

Filing a claim — You can file a SSDI claim in one of three ways: online, by mailing a claim to the Social Security Administration or by completing a claim application at a Social Security office. In contrast, you must apply for SSI at a Social Security office.

High level of claim denials — A high percentage of initial SSDI and SSI claims are denied. In either program, you have the right to appeal a denial. The appeal process is essentially the same for both programs. This is where Dale Buchanan & Associates can help. Our attorneys understand the appeal process, how to collect vital medical information in support of claims and how to present that information in Social Security appeal hearings.

Medicaid benefits — Under SSI, you can apply for and receive Medicaid benefits immediately after your claim has been approved. Under SSDI, you must wait for five months before you can apply for Medicaid.

There are numerous other similarities and differences between SSDI and SSI. The most important thing to remember is that benefits are available for people who qualify. Dale Buchanan & Associates will work hard to help you get benefits.

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For a free consultation about a SSDI or SSI case, contact Dale Buchanan & Associates. Our lawyers represent clients throughout the U.S. from our headquarters in Chattanooga and six other offices.