Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI

Jun 23, 2011 No Comments by


What's the difference?

Social Security Disability Insurance is different than Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  When first considering to apply for disability benefits, these are two terms that you will come by often.  Some people qualify for both and others only qualify for one or the other.

It is best explained by the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
  • Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.

via Benefits for People with Disabilities.

There you have it.  The benefits you receive are dependent upon many factors.  If you need help deciding which program(s) to apply for, give us a call at 1-866-425-5347 and we will be happy to answer all of the questions you may have about Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI.

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Jenn practices Social Security law exclusively. Prior to working at the Charles T. Hall Law Firm, Jennifer worked as a law clerk for Legal Aid of North Carolina in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. She is also a member of the Order of Barristers, a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy.