The Social Security Disability program is administered through Social Security Administration as one of the two largest of several Federal programs that provides assistance to people with disabilities. The other is Supplemental Security Income program. Individuals who have a disability that meets the government’s medical criteria may qualify for benefits under one or both of these programs.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is funded with Social Security taxes paid by workers, employers, and self-employed individuals. To qualify for this Social Security benefit, you must have previously had a job where you paid into the Social Security system for long enough to make you eligible for this return. The amount of a monthly disability benefit is based on your Social Security earnings record if you were an insured worker and qualify as disabled. Disability benefits are also paid to blind or disabled workers, widow(er)s, or adults disabled since childhood, who are otherwise eligible.
If you qualify, here are some things to understand:
- Your payments will not begin until after five full months of the disability onset date. Read More »
- Your family members may be eligible for benefits based on your work.
- Social Security benefits are paid each month. Read More »
- The future of your disability benefits will depend on your medical condition.
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- You will be eligible for cost-of-living adjustments each January. Read More »
- When you reach the full retirement age, your disability benefits automatically convert to retirement benefits but the amount remains the same. Read More »