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“SSI” vs. “SSDI:” Two Entirely Different Disability Programs - U.S. Sun

Two different programs administered by the Social Security Administration relate to disability, each entirely different. Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a “means-tested” disability program for children and adults with very low income and very few resources. Conversely, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are paid to workers who have become disabled and unable to earn, and who can collect their earned Social Security benefit earlier than their full retirement age. The former program (SSI) is more of a social assistance program, whereas SSDI is an earned benefit for eligible workers. These programs are often confused, but they are distinctly different in terms of eligibility rules and payments. These differences are well explained in this article by Anthony Russo appearing in The U.S. Sun. Click here to read more.

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  1. Social workers in my home county are denying my parents and my earned income credits (EIC) because the social workers are lower income than my family would be. I already receive SSI because the social workers applied the wrong program to lock me into lower income. Please help process my Social Security Disability (SSDI) application, which is posted here:


    • Pasha,
      The AMAC Foundation is a private non-profit corporation and is not affiliated in any way with the Social Security Administration. We can provide guidance for understanding Social Security’s complex rules and regulations, and can explain how to access various functions available at the SS Administration, but we cannot intercede directly with Social Security on your behalf. This is a public website so I have removed the link from your post because it includes personal information which you should not make public. The EIC you speak of is an IRS issue, not a Social Security issue, so you may wish to contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 to discuss that issue. If you are having difficulty with processing of your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you should contact Social Security directly at 1.800.772.1213 for assistance. You may also wish to consult with an attorney who specializes in SSDI. To find an SSDI attorney do an online search for “SSDI attorneys near me” but be sure to fully vet all those you consider. FYI, an SSDI attorney will not charge you for an initial consultation, and their general attorney fees are limited by Federal law to 25% of any back SSDI benefits they can obtain for you (max. fee of $6000).
      Russell Gloor
      National Social Security Advisor
      The AMAC Foundation

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