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Social Security administers two types of disability programs – one which protects workers from losing their income before they are ready to retire (this is called “Social Security Disability Insurance” or “SSDI),” and another which assists needy Americans including aged seniors and younger disabled individuals, including children known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The former is an earned benefit (earned while paying into Social Security via payroll taxes), while the latter is a means-tested program jointly administered by the federal government and the beneficiary’s state of residence. The two are often confused, but are distinctly different programs, as explained in this article by Corina Gonzalez and Gidget Alikpala appearing at The article focuses primarily on the SSI program for needy people, including what it is, the eligibility criteria for SSI, and how to apply for SSI benefits. Click here to access the article.

Also, if you’re unsure about how these basics apply to you, or if you have any questions about your individual situation under Social Security, note that the AMAC Foundation provides a free-to-the-public advisory service to help Americans navigate the complexities of this program. Learn more about it here…

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