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Can I Receive Both SSDI And SSI Benefits?

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: November 5, 2015
Social Security

The Social Security’s Disability Insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income program are both managed by the Social Security Administration. However, both of these programs are separate from each other and independent of each other. In some cases however, a person may be eligible for benefits under both of the programs.

For instance, it takes five months of waiting for your Social Security disability benefits to begin, even if your claim is approved. During those five months however, you could continue to be eligible for and continue to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits. In most cases, the Social Security Disability beneficiary will lose his eligibility for Supplemental Security Income benefits when he becomes eligible for disability benefits. However, in some rare cases, when a person is receiving Social Security Disability benefits of a lower amount than the Supplemental Security Income benefits, he may be entitled to both disability benefits as well as Supplemental Security Income benefits.

For a person to be eligible for benefits under both of the programs, he must meet the criteria for benefits under each program. The benefits criteria under the Social Security Disability Insurance program involve the person’s inability to work because of his disability. On the other hand, the Supplemental Security Income program will consider the person’s income and limits on individual incomes as well as couple incomes. If you exceed these income limits, then you’re no longer eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Learn whether you qualify for these benefits by speaking to a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer.

In those cases however, where you qualify for the criteria under both of the programs, you may be eligible for benefits under both of the programs. Determining what kind of benefits you qualify for can be challenging. In order to answer your questions about qualification for benefits under both the Supplemental Security Income and the Social Security Disability Insurance programs, speak to a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.