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There are two separate disability benefits programs that are managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA):
These two very different programs share many concepts and terms; however, they have very different rules affecting eligibility, benefit payments, health insurance and work incentives. Click here for a general description of these 2 programs.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program for the aged, blind and/or disabled with limited income and resources. SSI provides:
Often, students turning 18 years of age are eligible for Supplemental Security Income if they are not able to work or earn more than a specific amount of money per month. This amount is called the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level, which in 2017 is $1,170 gross earnings per month. Specifically, students may be eligible based on their income and resources:
Click here for a more detailed overview of SSI.
If your son or daughter is approaching age 18, and you believe he/she may be eligible for SSI, click here for information about how to apply.
The Social Security Administration’s official and detailed SSI Booklet can be found here.
It is important for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries to understand that they can work and continue to receive cash and medical benefits. In fact, someone who is working and receiving SSI cash benefits will have more income than someone who is receiving SSI alone. Also, a recipient who no longer receives SSI cash benefits because of earnings from work can continue to receive Medicaid until they reach a financial threshold.
A number of Work Incentives/Supports exist to help SSI recipients to continue receiving your SSI checks and/or Medicaid coverage while you work.
This program provides cash and/or medical benefits (Medicare) to people who are blind or have a disability and are “insured” by workers’ contributions to the Social Security trust fund. SSDI monies come from the FICA social security taxes they’ve paid from their earnings.
To be eligible for SSDI you must:
Work Incentives make it easier for people with disabilities to work and still receive medical benefits and, in some cases, cash benefits from Social Security. Click here to learn more.
For more information on work incentives, see the Social Security Administration’s: The Red Book – A Guide to Work Incentives