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Keep in mind different eligibility criteria for SSD and SSI

Many people use the terms SSD and SSI interchangeably and understandably-both are programs administered by the Social Security Administration, with medical eligibility is determined in the same way, but that is where their similarities end. At the heart of it, they are two different programs and understanding the difference between social security disability and supplemental security income is very important to ensure that a person is applying to the correct program for assistance.

The SSI program makes cash payments to people who have limited income and resources-the recipients could be aged, blind, disabled or even children. The program is funded by tax revenue. The health insurance coverage that is provided is Medicaid. The monthly payment amount is calculated based on the claimant's Federal Benefit Rate, countable income and any supplements being received. Lastly, states often pay persons receiving SSI benefits supplemental payment.

SSD, on the other hand, is based on the claimant's contributions made to Federal Insurance Contributions Act, depending on their earnings or those of a qualifying family member. The program is funded by a disability trust fund and health insurance provided is Medicare. The monthly payments are calculated based on the worker's lifetime earnings covered by Social Security. There is no supplemental state payment in the SSD program.

Applying for assistance is difficult enough to do, but when someone applies to the wrong program and is denied, it may be devastating, both emotionally and financially. Understanding the differences between the programs and the eligibility criteria can ensure that one can get the benefits they rightfully deserve.

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