Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs provide financial assistance to people with disabilities. Both of these programs are administered by the Social Security Administration. Only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
- Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
- Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.
"Disability" under the Social Security Administration is based upon your inability to work. Five questions are used by the Social Security Adminsitration to determine if you meet their definition of having a disability.
You can use the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool to find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers. Based on your answers to questions, this tool lists benefits for which you might be eligible. You can also get more information about how to qualify and apply.
We can help you through the application process required by Social Security Administration. We can also help you through the appeal process if your application process has been denied.