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Eligibility for SSI and SSDI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has 2 different programs for disability benefits.

Who is eligible?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes disability payments under 2 programs:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for workers (and their children or surviving spouses) who have Social Security coverage
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people with little or no income and resources

The SSA offers a benefits screening tool you can use to check eligibility for these programs, and others. Check out the SSA website to learn more about SSI and SSDI.

If you think you may be eligible for payments, call (800) 772-1213 to file a claim or contact your local Social Security Office . You must apply for benefits through the Social Security Administration.