Before Applying for SSD - SSD vs. Other Programs

Can I qualify for Supplemental Security Income if I am currently receiving Social Security retirement benefits?

Depending on the amount of your Social Security retirement benefits, you may qualify to receive additional funds through SSI. However, your potential SSI benefits will depend upon the state in which you reside.

In addition, receiving SSI may allow you to obtain food stamps, Medicaid, and other forms of state/local aid.

How do military retirement or VA disability benefits affect eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance?

Because the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a completely separate entity from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it is possible to receive benefits from both organizations concurrently. In many cases, however, even veterans receiving 100% disability benefits from the VA are denied by Social Security, so it is always advisable to seek legal counsel before proceeding with an application.

Can I get Both Workers' Compensation and SSDI Benefits at the Same Time?

Yes, however the Social Security Administration may adjust or offset the amount they pay based on how much you receive from workers compensation. The general rule of thumb is that the total of your earnings through workers compensation combined with your Social Security Disability benefits cannot be more than 80% of your original earnings.

What is the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income?

Social Security disability (SSDI) is awarded to disabled people who have generally worked five of the past ten years and have paid a Social Security tax on their income. The work requirement can be waived for applicants under age 22.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are made on the basis of financial need to adults and children who are disabled, blind, or have limited income and resources. Whereas Social Security disability (SSDI) is funded from the Social Security tax, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is financed by general tax revenues.