What is the difference between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income?

The Social Security Disability (SSD) program pays benefits to workers who have paid Social Security taxes, which is what makes it an insurance program. It is sometimes called “Social Security Disability Insurance” or SSDI. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) helps people who have never been able to earn a sufficient income because of a disability or are no longer insured for SSD. Both SSD and SSI programs are administered by the Social Security Administration.

Whether you qualify for SSD or SSI benefits, you’ll fare better if you file a complete and accurate application. If your application has been denied, you’ll need to understand what additional information will change the Social Security Administration’s decision on appeal. The Becker Law Office can help you at any stage of your SSD or SSI application process.

Here’s a closer look at Social Security Disability Programs.