Getting SSI, Can I get SSDI?If you are currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you may not be receiving very much money, and you may have heard rumors that you may be entitled to receive additional benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance.
Supplemental Security Income is offered to the blind, disabled or aged (65 years or older) who are not able to perform substantial work for at least 12 continuous months. If you applied for Social Security Disability benefits, the SSA first evaluates your non-medical criteria: are you working at a substantial level making too much money and do you have sufficient work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance.
If you are not working and you have sufficient work credits to qualify for SSDI, they will send your SSDI application to the Disability Determinations Services office for a disability determination decision.
If the SSA determines you are not working and you do not have enough work credits to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI), they will evaluate your income and resources level and determine if you might qualify for Supplemental Security Income. If your income and resources meet the acceptable level and you are not working, the SSA will send your SSI application to the Disability Determination Services office for a disability determination decision.
So to get back to the question, if you are currently receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits this most likely means that the Social Security Administration already determined that you did not have sufficient work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance.
I am getting SSDI. Can I get SSI?
If you are currently receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and your income and resource limits are below the federally allowable limit, you may be able to get Supplemental Security Income.
So, yes, if a claimant is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and it is less than the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR), the claimant may be able to receive Supplemental Security Income up to the Federal Benefit Rate.
How do I verify my work credits for Social Security Disability Insurance?
There are two ways to find out if you have sufficient work credits to qualify for SSDI. First you can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 and talk to an SSA representative. If you do not want the hassle of making this call and you have your most recent Statement of Earnings which the Social Security Administration sends to you each year, you can also review this form.
This statement of earnings outlines your estimated Social Security Disability Insurance payment amount (if you qualify for SSDI benefits).
Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you would like a Social Security Disability attorney to review your Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance claim you can fill out the FREE evaluation form and a disability advocate will call you to review your claim or you can call our office at 1-800-641-3759 to talk to someone now.