Supplemental Security Income

A Closer Look at Initial Level Disability Applications

December 11th, 2014

A senior economist with the SSA recently evaluated the impact of demographics, diagnoses, and local unemployment rates for both SSDI and SSI cases at the initial application level.[i] The probability of an initial allowance was found to be affected by these factors. For example, regarding demographics, older SSDI and SSI adult applicants are more likely to…

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SSD vs. SSI

November 1st, 2014

While Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are both programs providing benefits to persons with disabilities, managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), entailing the same medical requirements for evaluating an individual’s disability, the initial “technical” eligibility criteria are entirely different for each program. SSD is considered the work-credit based system funded by our…

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