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What is Social Security disability insurance & Supplemental Security Income?

How do Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments differ?

Am I entitled to Social Security disability benefits?





Q: What is Social Security disability insurance & Supplemental Security Income?

Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a federally funded program designed to provide income for qualifying individuals who are unable to work because of their disability as well as to family members of disabled individuals who have a qualifying work history. SSDI is paid on a monthly basis to those who have paid Social Security taxes

Supplemental Security income (SSI) is designed to help those who do not meet a certain income threshold and whose injuries prevent them from returning to the workforce. This program functions like welfare, and applicants may be eligible to receive SSI benefits regardless of whether or not they have paid into the Social Security system. People whose applications are accepted may additionally be eligible for Medicaid benefits. 


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Q: How do Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments differ?

The two programs are financed differently.Employment taxes primarily finance Social Security retirement, survivors and disability insurance benefits. Generally, the program will pay Social Security benefits to eligible workers and their families, based on the worker’s earnings. Meanwhile, general taxes fund the SSI Program which serves the needy. SSI eligibility depends largely on limited income and resources.


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Q: Am I entitled to Social Security disability benefits?

If you cannot work because of a physical or mental condition that is expected to last for at least one year or result in death, you may be entitled to Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. It is important that you persist in your efforts to obtain SSD benefits, as most first time claims are denied. 


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Located in Woodland Hills, California, Law Offices of Thomas Hoegh represents clients throughout Southern California, serving the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego. We make appointments in our office or we come to you at your convenience.

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