The Social Security disability (SSDI)programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
SSDI pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
How much is Social Security disability?
If you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI, or sometimes just SSD) benefits, the amount you receive each month will be based on your average lifetime earnings before your disability began. It is not based on how severe your disability is or how much income you have. Most SSDI recipients receive between $800 and $1,800 per month (the average for 2019 is $1,234). However, if you are receiving disability payments from other sources, as discussed below, your payment may be reduced (Disability Secret)
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Difference Between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI
The main difference between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the fact that SSDI is available to workers who have accumulated a sufficient number of work credits, while SSI disability benefits are available to low-income individuals who have either never worked or who haven’t earned enough work credits to qualify for SSDI. ( Disability Secrets
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What Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI?
The Social Security Administration’s impairment listing manual (called the blue book) lists a number of impairments, both physical and mental, that will automatically qualify an individual for SSDI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), provided the individual’s condition meets the specified criteria for a listing.
What Medical Conditions Are Listed?
The listing manual, which has been updated for 2019, includes:
- musculoskeletal problems, such as back injuries
- cardiovascular conditions, such as heart failure or coronary artery disease
- senses and speech issues, such as vision and hearing loss
- respiratory illnesses, such as COPD or asthma
- neurological disorders, such as MS, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, or epilepsy
- mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, autism, or intellectual disorder
- immune system disorders, such as HIV/AIDS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
- various syndromes, such as Sjogren’s Syndrome and Marfan Syndrome
- skin disorders, such as dermatitis
- digestive tract problems, such as liver disease or IBD
- kidney disease and genitourinary problems
- cancer, and
- hematological disorders, such as hemolytic anemias and disorders of bone marrow failure (Disability Secrets)