Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income is a needs-based program created by the federal government as an additional safety net for those people whose SSD payroll contributions were too low to amount to significant monthly checks or if they do not have a sufficient enough work history to be eligible for any SSD.

People with very low income may be eligible for Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits in addition to their SSD.   The definition of “disability” is the same for both SSD and SSI.  Only the income requirements are different.