SSDI and SSI are both programs administered by the Social Security Administration. Our Social Security Disability attorneys often hear the question, “What’s the difference between SSDI and SSI?”

What are the Differences Between SSD and SSI?

This article will explain that difference, in general; however, to determine how to get social security or whether you may be eligible for either of or both of these programs, consult with a qualified Social Security Disability attorney.

The Acronyms

  • SSDI = Social Security Disability Insurance
  • SSI = Supplemental Security Insurance

The Similarities

  • Both SSDI and SSI are programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA.)
  • Disabled persons are eligible for both programs.

The Differences

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  • Eligibility
    • To be eligible for SSDI, you must be disabled (as defined by the SSA) and have paid the requisite FICA taxes. Resources and unearned income are not considered.
    • To be eligible for SSI, you must be aged, blind, and/or disabled (as defined by the SSA) and have limited resources and income; there is no requirement that you have paid any taxes.
  • Medical Insurance
    • You are eligible for Medicare 2 years after you are approved for SSDI.
    • You are eligible for Medicaid as soon as you are approved for SSI.
  • Monthly Payment Amount
    • In general, the SSDI payment is based upon the amount you’ve earned in the past.
    • The SSI payment is the same for everyone.

Wondering if You’re Eligible for SSDI or SSI?

Email us or call our RI Social Security Disability lawyers now for a FREE SSDI and SSI case evaluation. For your convenience, our telephones are answered 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (1-800-992-6878.)

d’Oliveira & Associates (one of our 15 locations):
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Providence, RI 02909
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