Categories: Article
      Date: May  2, 2013
     Title: SSDI verses SSI Disability Benefits

What's the Difference?


When applying for Social Security benefits, you submit claims for two different disability benefit programs managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). You will see references to SSDI benefits and SSI benefits. What's the difference and which program do you want?

There are several difference between the programs:

Social Security Disability Insurance is known as SSDI or simply SSD.

The Supplemental Security Income program is known as SSI. There is no penalty for applying for both programs. Since the programs have different purposes and eligibility requirements, you may be accepted by one program and declined by the other. In certain circumstances, you may receive payments from both programs simultaneously. So typically it is best to apply for both programs.