How Long It Takes to Get Social Security Disability Benefits

If you qualify for Social Security disability benefits and are verified as disabled, you must wait 6 full months to receive your first check. There is a wait period to ensure that only long-term disabled individuals are awarded disability benefits. You must be disabled continuously for 5 straight months to prove that you have a long-term disability. Social Security disability payments are made the month after the month in which they are due. After the 6th full month, you will…

What are the Differences Between SSDI and SSI

The Social Security Administration has two different programs, each of which provides benefits for people who have disabilities. Most simply, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is based on a worker’s disability and a worker’s prior work under Social Security. On the other hand, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program. Social Security Disability Insurance is paid for by Social Security taxes that workers, employers, and the self-employed pay. Disabled or blind workers, widow(er)s, and adults who have been disabled…

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Anyone who resides in the United States, US territories or US commonwealths can apply for Social Security disability benefits, which include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is for insured workers and SSI is for people with very little or no income or assets. Social Security Disability Insurance If you are an adult applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, you can apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov. If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income, you must…

Medi-Cal and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

When a Medi-Cal service you want is not approved by a Medi-Cal field office or your managed care plan, you have the right to ask for a state hearing. In most cases you have 90 days to ask for a state hearing. The 90 days start the day after the notice is mailed to you to notify you that the services you want will not be provided. You have a much shorter time to ask for a hearing if your…