The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are considered the largest of multiple Federal programs that assist people with disabilities. While these two programs have several differences, both are operated by the Social Security Administration and only people with a disability in addition to passing their medical criteria may qualify to receive benefits from either program.
Social Security Disability Insurance sends payments to you and particular members of your family if you are “insured,” defined as working for a certain amount of time and paying taxes towards Social Security.
Supplemental Security Income provides benefits according to financial situations.
If you’ve completed an application for either program, the Social Security Administration will gather medical and other necessary information from you or a sufficient family member and decide whether or not you qualify to receive benefits under the Social Security’s definition for “disabled.”
Take advantage of the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool to discover which program will most likely provide you benefits.