What is the difference between SSI and SSD 6/2010
What is SSI?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. SSI pays benefits based on financial need and is not dependant on work related history.
What is SSD?
Social Security Disability (SSD) is a monthly cash benefit to people who are unable to work for a year or more due to a disability. SSD Insurance 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. To qualify for benefits, you must:
- Have worked in jobs covered by Social Security
- Have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability.
- Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis.
How can I apply for SSI or SSD?
Find out about applying for SSI or SSD by contacting the Social Security Administration.
By phone, you can call the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588 to get the contact information of your local Social Security Administration office. You can search for your Social Security Administration contact information in the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine online database.