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Old 07-03-2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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Received SSI. Now SSDI?

Hi I applied for both SSI and SSDI. I received an SSI payment on July 1. I haven't received any notices in the mail or anything. Does getting the SSI mean I have a good chance at getting my disability also? I have all the necessary work credits.

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Old 07-03-2009, 08:49 PM   #2
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Re: Received SSI. Now SSDI?

no, it doesn't mean that. i started on ssi in feb 09. aug 3 will be my first ssdi payment (because of the 5 month waiting period). you have to have enough work credits or you won't get it, no matter what. i worked the past 8 years (i'm 24) so i know i have more than enough credits. (1 credit = 3 months work, full time i believe, and i only needed 6). some people will only get the ssi.
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Re: Received SSI. Now SSDI?

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Hi I applied for both SSI and SSDI. I received an SSI payment on July 1. I haven't received any notices in the mail or anything. Does getting the SSI mean I have a good chance at getting my disability also? I have all the necessary work credits.
Social Security would of let you know in your award letter if you had won either SSI or SSDI. These are two different programs. Since you are already recieving SSI payments then that is what you are going to be getting. Social Security should have told you in the letter all about this. And if you were entiteled to any backpay. Most of the time everybody applies for both when filing a claim.

 
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Re: Received SSI. Now SSDI?

Both SSI and SSDI are paid to people unable to work. But you can't receive both at the same time. The SSA has you apply for both and often SSI is approved while they continu to evaluate your eligibility for SSDI. If you are approved for SSDI then SSI will end.

SSI is a needs based program. It is based solely on your income/assets. SSDI is based on your work history and if you have enough work credits in recent history to qualify. Most of the time the SSDI benefit is larger than the SSI benefit. You can find out more on www.ssa.gov
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:37 AM   #5
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The SSA has you apply for both and often SSI is approved while they continu to evaluate your eligibility for SSDI.
I finally got in touch with my caseworker at my local SSA and he told me this also. He said it would most likely still be at least 3 months before I hear anything about the SSDI.

 
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