DISABILITY - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is the difference between SSI and SSDI?
SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. This program is needs based and is capped at a certain monthly dollar amount - this means that your family income must be below a certain amount to qualify and if you do qualify, you will only receive the amount that the federal government sets each year.
SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. This program covers you if you paid into Social Security when you were working. Once awarded, the monthly payments are calculated based on your wages during the years immediately before you became disabled.
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- What should I bring to the appointment?
Bring as many of the following documents as possible:
- List of any specialized tests/scans in past 2 years (i.e. EKG, IQ test, MRI, x-rays, etc.)
- List of doctors/hospitals visited in the last 2 years
- List of diagnosed problems
- List of current medications (including non-prescriptions)
- Social Security card
- Driver’s license/ State ID
- Social Security Denial Letter
- Directions to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review offices (Social Security Disability hearings)
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