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									                Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
                             as compared to
              Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability
 Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)                     Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability

This program is financed with Social                        This program is financed through general tax
Security Taxes paid by workers,                             revenues (not Social Security taxes); meaning
employers, and self-employed persons.                       benefits are not based on earnings from an
                                                            individual’s prior work.
SSDI provides monthly compensation to
individuals who can no longer work due                      SSI provides cash assistance to people with
to their medical conditions.                                limited income to meet basic needs for food,
                                                            clothing, and shelter.
 The worker will get Medicare
  coverage automatically after receiving                     In most states, beneficiaries may also be
  disability benefits for two years.                          eligible for Medicaid.
                                                             SSI benefits are payable to:
 To be eligible for a Social Security                            o Individuals age 65 or older
  benefit, the worker must earn                                   o Adults who have a disability
  sufficient credits based on taxable                             o Adults who are blind
  work to be “insured” for Social                                 o Children who have a disability or are
  Security purposes.                                                  blind
 Disability benefits are payable to:                        Eligibility requirements:
     o Workers who have a disability                              o Have limited income and resources
         or are blind                                                  and meet the living arrangement
     o Their children                                                  requirements
     o Widow (er)s                                                o A U.S. citizen or national, or other
     o Adults who have had a                                           categories as defined by the Social
         disability since childhood                                    Security Administration
 The amount of the monthly disability     The monthly payment varies up to the
  benefit is based on the Social Security   maximum federal benefit rate, which may be
  earnings record of the insured worker.    supplemented by the state.

How do you apply for SSDI or SSI? You may apply by calling Social Security toll free at
1-800-772-1213 or by visiting your local Social Security office.
To find the Social Security office nearest you, go to:
For more information on SSDI and/or SSI Disability contact your local Social Security office
or you may call 1-800-772-1213

              To view and/or print Fact Sheets, go to: http://cdd.unm.edu/infonet/publications/index.asp
                     University of New Mexico • Center for Development and Disability (UNM/CDD)
             A University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service   6.12
      CDD • Information Network • 2300 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107• 800-552-8195 • http://cdd.unm.edu

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