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Understanding SSI and SSDI


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program.​It provides cash by way of a monthly benefit to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.​ It is designed to help aged, blind, disabled people, and those 65 or older who have little or no income and resources.​ Children and adults with special healthcare needs may also be eligible. ​


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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to those “insured,” meaning that they worked long enough – and recently enough - and paid Social Security taxes on their earnings.​ People who cannot work because of certain disabilities or medical conditions.​ Must be under age 65 and have a qualifying severe disability as designated by the Social Security Administration.​ Medical condition must last one full year or more, or result in death.