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Differences Between SSI and SSDI

Today we’re gonna be talking about the differences between SSI and SSDI.


SSI is eligibility is based on financial need, you have to have very limited or no resources in order to qualify for SSI and for every dollar of additional benefits or resources that you have, that decreases the amount of benefits that you receive until you would get $0 in SSI, because you’re above the resource limit.

For SSDI, It is an insurance program you pay into by working, the more of a work history you have, the more benefits that you receive, and the longer in the future, you’ll be able to qualify for SSDI based on your work history. So if you’ve worked basically, for the last 10 years held a consistent job working 40 hours a week, you’ll usually have about five years after you stop working in order to qualify for disability benefits.

The next difference we’re going to talk about is “What the monthly benefit would be under SSI and SSDI.”

For SSI, the average monthly benefit is about a little over $600, close to 700.

For SSDI. There’s a wide range that you could get paid for most people are going to get about 1300 a month and SSDI benefits. If you had very large earning history, then you can get up to $3,000 a month in monthly SSDI benefits .

When your benefits begin and therefore your back pay begins, is different for SSI and SSDI.

For SSI, your benefits begin from usually it’s the earliest it’s going to be as your date of application whenever you first apply for benefits. If the SSA says that you’re disabled after you’ve applied for disability would run from that date.

For SSDI your benefits are going to run from your six full month after you were first found to be disabled, which can be prior to your date of application, you’re not tied down to that. Although you’re limited in the back pay that you can get. You can only get back pay for one year prior to your date of application. So if you’re considering applying for SSDI don’t delay in getting your application file because I can cost you money.

Last but not least is “How healthcare is impacted by whether or not you get SSDI or SSI”

For SSI you’re automatically qualified for Medicaid whenever you get disability benefits.

For SSDI you are entitled to get Medicare after 24 months the date that you’re first determined to be disabled.

Why did that make you wait 24 months? I do not know

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