SSDI

I Am on SSI, Can I Get SSDI Too?

by Patrick Spencer March 23, 2012
Can I get SSDI benefits?

We had a recent question from a reader: Q: I have been approved for SSI, but I really would like to get on disability instead. A: Unfortunately, unless you are insured for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), there is nothing an attorney can do you get you on SSDI. There are certain requirements that […]

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Ask a Lawyer: Can I receive SSDI for my new disabilities without interfering with my current payments?

by Patrick Spencer June 16, 2011

Q: Can I receive SSDI for my new disabilities without interfering with my current payments? I am currently receiving SSDI for Bipolar disorder, and have been for about 6 years now. My question is: about three years ago I was diagnosed with bone spurs and osteoarthritis in my spine, and just recently diagnosed with diverticulitis. I was wondering […]

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I Have Applied for Both SSDI and SSI Benefits, How Will My Benefits Be Calculated?

by Patrick Spencer April 8, 2010
Calculation of past-due Social Security benefits

If you have applied for both SSDI and SSI benefits, and get approved by Social Security, you will probably wait longer to get your past-due benefits than someone who is getting only SSDI or only SSI. Here are some things to keep in mind while SSA calculates your past-due benefits: Both programs will calculate the […]

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What is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?

by Patrick Spencer February 26, 2010
What is different about SSI v. SSDI benefits?

This is a question we get a lot. The Social Security Administration has two disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), also called DIB or Title 2 benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), also called Title 16 benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI) SSDI is a program that pays you benefits based on your earnings history. Each […]

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What Does Being Insured for Benefits Mean?

by Patrick Spencer February 23, 2010

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) you have to be “insured.” This is similar to a private insurance policy. You have to pay premiums on your medical insurance, for example, to have coverage. SSDI works in a similar way. You need to have paid enough into the system to qualify for SSDI benefits. A […]

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