Some Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients will also receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Qualifying for both types of benefits at the same time is known as concurrent benefits. You must meet certain income guidelines and thresholds to qualify for dual benefits.
Our SSD attorney will help you uncover how to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) while on Social Security Disability. We will also help you complete the application, compile the required personal, medical, and financial information, and review the benefits you could receive if the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves your application for concurrent benefits. If it denies your application, we will help you file an appeal.
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If your application for SSDI benefits was successful, but your income is still low enough to fall under the SSI threshold, you may still qualify for monthly SSI payments. The SSA’s application is similar for both programs – complex and lengthy – and will require you to compile and submit:
- Personal information, including your birth date and place, Social Security number, the names and birth dates of your spouse and children, if applicable, and your personal banking information
- Medical information, including detailed health care records, contact information for your health care professionals and facilities, physical and laboratory test results, medication lists, and diagnostic information
- Employment information, including name and place of your most recent employment, if applicable, your most recent Social Security statement, and details on any additional benefits you receive
Our SSD team will help you put together the required documentation to satisfy each of these information categories. We will also show you how to organize it and submit it with your completed application.
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Calculating SSDI Benefits
To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have a recent employment history. You also must have a long enough employment history and have paid into the Social Security system during your working years. SSDI benefits are calculated based on the highest of your earnings over 35 years. Your income is indexed and computed based on the amount of Social Security taxes you paid.
Our team will compile your employment records, tax documents, and other paperwork that proves your eligibility. We also collect the medical documents that prove the nature and extent of your disability and how long it is expected to last.
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Calculating SSI Benefits
To qualify for SSI benefits, your application must be need-based. This means you must prove you have minimal or nonexistent financial or other resources. Because this program is based on your current financial circumstances, you might be eligible for SSI benefits, too, if your SSDI monthly payments are low enough. SSI payments are calculated based on your income and may fluctuate after the third month.
SSI considers the following sources of income when calculating your monthly payment:
- Income from your earnings
- Pension amounts and other unearned income
- In-kind income, including tangible items you receive at no cost
- Some forms of household or other deemed income
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If you believe you should receive benefits from both of SSA’s disability programs at the same time, our team can help. We can determine if you can apply for concurrent Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability benefits.
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