Overview of SSI/SSDI Programs

For additional information visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work or call the Ticket Helpline 1-866-968-7842 to speak to a Community Work Incentive Coordinator.

Explanation of SSDI

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to disabled or blind individuals who are “insured” by workers’ contributions to the Social Security trust fund. These contributions are the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) social security tax paid on their earnings or those of their spouses or parents.

Explanation of SSI

The Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) makes cash assistance payments to aged, blind and disabled people (including children under age 18) who have limited income and resources. The Federal government funds SSI from general tax revenues.

What is a Work Incentive?

Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments and Medicare or Medicaid. Social Security calls these rules “work incentives.” Below are the rules that apply under each program.

SSDI & SSI Work Incentives

SSDI Work Incentives

SSI Work Incentives

Did know know by visiting, http://www.socialsecurity.gov, you can:

• Create a my Social Security account to review your Social Security Statement, verify your earnings, print a benefit verification letter, change your direct deposit information, and more.

• Apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs;

• Apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits;

• Get the address of your local Social Security office;

• Request a replacement Medicare card;

• Find copies of our publications; and

• Get answers to frequently asked questions.

For more information on work incentives and other topics, go to the special worksite pages at www.socialsecurity.gov/work. Call Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 or at their TTY number, 1-800-325-0778, if you’re deaf or hard of hearing. Social Security  provides general information by automated phone service 24 hours a day. You can also use this automated response system to tell them a new address or request a replacement Medicare card. They can answer your case-specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. You’ll generally have a shorter wait time if you call after Tuesday. They treat all calls confidentially, and a second Social Security representative monitors some telephone calls, because they want to make sure you receive accurate and courteous service.

Another great resource is the Social Security Pamphlet “Working While Disabled-How We Can Help.” This pamphlet provides a brief overview of the work incentives associated with both SSI/SSDI.

Working While Disabled-How We Can Help

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