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Social Security Disability & SSI Eligibility

91ddd6_ac763da8711340bea0c923e267b1ee47.jpgSocial Security has two programs for those who are disabled: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Broadly speaking, SSDI is a program for individuals with an established work history, meaning that they must have worked at least 5 years in the last 10 to meet the program's non-medical requirements. SSDI is considered an 'insurance' program, which means that certain rules (like citizenship or residency requirements) are more lax. Conversely, SSI is a program for individuals with little or no work history. To meet the non-medical requirements for SSI, you need to fall below the income and asset limits set by SSA. Since SSI is considered a 'welfare' program, the rules in areas like citizenship or residency requirements are more strict.

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