Although the Supplemental Security Income program also provides a monthly monetary benefit to eligible disabled individuals, qualification for SSI is not based on your work history as is the case with SSDI benefits. Instead, eligibility for SSI is based on your income and assets, assuming you meet the definition of “disabled”. In general, if you are able to participate in “substantial gainful activity” you will not qualify for SSI benefits. For 2015, “substantial gainful activity” means you earn more than $1,090 in qualifying income in a month.
Topics covered in this report include:
- Defining Disabled
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – Do You Qualify?
- Supplemental Security Income – If You Don’t Qualify for SSDI
- Applying for SSDI and SSI
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