What is the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
I disabled under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA)
To be considered disabled under SSA’s definition, you must have a severe physical or mental impairment(s) or combination of impairments that is likely:
What are the physical or mental impairment(s) that SSA recognizes?
There are many disabling impairments. Below are some of the more prevalent disabilities that might make you eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits.
Do I have to wait one year after becoming disabled to apply for benefits?
No, you should apply for benefits as soon as you become disabled. It can take anywhere from three to five months to process the application for disability benefits.
I applied for SSDI benefits and have been turned down. How long do I have to appeal?
disagree with the determination?
disagree with the initial determination, you can appeal.
Most people, about 70
percent, are denied at
the initial level.
The first appeal is
This appeal is a
review of your case by a team that was not involved in the original
If your case is denied at
this level, you can request a hearing before an administrative law
judge, who is not bound by the previous determinations.
If you are denied after the
hearing, you can
ask for a review by the Appeals Council.
If you lose at the Appeals
Council, you have a right to file a
lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court.
disability, will I be entitled to health insurance?
receive SSDI benefits, you are eligible for Medicare twenty-nine months
your onset date or two years after the first date you were eligible for
benefits, whichever is later.
receive SSI benefits, you will receive Medicaid effective the day you
People with Amyotrophic
Lateral Sclerosis (“ALS” or “Lou
disease”) or those with End Stage
Renal Disease (kidney disease) are eligible for Medicare without the
will not charge a fee unless we win your
If you are approved, SSA will
our approved fee from your back pay.