Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration has several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. The two largest programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Income (SSI).
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Social Security Disability Insurance provides income supplements to anyone who is not able to work because of a disability. It does not depend on the income level of the individual receiving it and a legitimately disabled person of any income level is eligible for the program as long as they have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. The dollar amount of disability compensation will depend on your income history. Other qualifications include:
- Be under the age of 65
- Disability is medically expected to last at least 12 months or more and includes:
- Proof of inability to do the work you did before becoming disabled
- Proof of inability to perform another job in your current medical condition
Candidates who do not meet the Social Security Administration’s history of earning threshold or other qualifications may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits based on financial need. The Social Security Administration uses a precise formula to calculate eligibility that takes into account your current earning capacity as well as your medical expenses.
Securing Your Benefits
The disability benefits process can be complicated with all the steps that need to be completed in order to receive your benefits quickly. DGS Benefits, Inc can help to navigate through all the red tape so that you can receive the benefits you are entitled to while you are not able to work.
Women and Social Security
Social Security provides benefits and financial protection for you. Nearly 55% of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history.
Women face greater economic challenges in retirement. First, women tend to live longer than men. A woman who is 65 years old today can expect to live, on average, until about 87. A 65-year-old man can expect to live, on average, until about 84. Second, women often have lower lifetime earnings than men. And, third, women may reach retirement with smaller pensions and other assets than men. read more …
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