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Definition of Auxiliary Benefits

Auxiliary benefits are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits which are paid to the dependent children and the spouse of a disabled worker. There are strict requirements for getting auxiliary benefits.

For instance, children may receive auxiliary SSDI benefits if they are under the age of 18 years, enrolled in school full-time and not married. If a spouse is less than 62 years of age they may only receive auxiliary benefits if they are caring for a child under the age of 16. Spouses caring for a disabled child may continue to receive SSDI benefits even if the child is older than 16. Ex-spouses may also qualify for auxiliary benefits if they are not married, they are 62 years or older, and the auxiliary benefits they are entitled to receive based on their own work history is less than their possible dependent benefits.

The amount paid to family members varies based on the SSDI payment available to the disabled employee. Additionally, if the worker is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), their family is not eligible to receive auxiliary benefits. SSI does not pay any type of benefit to a worker's dependent family members. Call the SSA at 1-800-662-1213 if you have questions about your SSDI auxiliary benefits.

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