What is SSI? SSI is Supplemental Security Income (not to be confused with Social Security Income). It is a needs-based program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides financial assistance to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or elderly (age 65 and older).
What is SSDI? SSDI is Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI is an insurance program that provides benefits to disabled individuals who have a work history and have paid Social Security taxes through their employment.
What is the difference between the two programs? SSI and SSDI are two different programs in the United States that provide financial assistance to individuals with disabilities. While both programs offer support to disabled individuals, they have different eligibility criteria and funding sources.
How does one qualify for SSI or SSDI? SSI eligibility is based on age, disability, and limited income and resources, whereas SSDI eligibility is based on disability and work and earnings history.
Can one qualify for both programs? Yes. Individuals can qualify for both SSI and SSDI simultaneously if they meet the eligibility criteria for both programs. However, the two programs have different application processes and requirements.