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Social Security

Social Security is composed of two separate entities: “The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance” program and the “Disability Insurance” program. Each program has eligibility requirements and separate trust funds.

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Social Security Administration

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Applicants need a certain number of credits to be eligible for SSI benefit. The number needed depends on age and the type of benefit applied for. Applicants can earn a maximum of four credits each year.

  • The credits are based on annual earnings.
  • Work history is what is used to determine eligibility for retirement or disability benefits or the applicant’s family’s eligibility for survivor’s benefits.
  • One credit for each $920 of earnings can be earned, up to the maximum of four credits per year.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

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SSDI provides financial benefits to disabled or blind individuals who are insured by workers contributions to the Social Security trust fund, based on annual earnings.

  • Social Security will review the medical condition of all people that are receiving disability benefits from time to time to make sure they continue to be disabled.
  • Benefits will continue if the recipient’s health has not improved or their disability still keeps them from working.

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