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How does SSI differ from SSDI?

While there are many things that differentiate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -- such as the fact that SSDI is paid for by payroll taxes whereas SSI is paid for by general taxes --there is one main way that these two forms of financial assistance are differentiated: the eligibility requirements.

Each one has its own set of eligibility requirements, and they are vastly different. For one, SSDI requires an individual to have spent a significant amount of time in the workforce. More specifically, the individual must have 20 "quarters of coverage" in the last ten years and they must be fully insured in order to receive SSDI. Additionally, an SSDI recipient's disability must be expected to last for at least a year, or until death.

SSI on the other hand doesn't consider a person's work history. Instead, the main requirement for SSI is that the recipient has a financial need for the benefit. Depending on a claimant's resources and monthly income, they may or may not be eligible for SSI benefits. There are also states that will supplement the SSI payments with additional monthly payments.

SSI is available to a lot of people, including people aged 65 or older, children who are blind or disabled and adults who are disabled. Whether you apply for SSI benefits or SSDI benefits, there is always the (unfortunate) chance that the process will not go smoothly. If you are experiencing difficulties with your application or with the SSA in general, consult with an attorney.

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