If you’re disabled and expect to be so for at least one year, and have worked long enough and recently enough under Social Security, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) . If you are found entitled to DIB, you will receive a monthly check in an amount based on your prior earnings. If you start back to work after receiving DIB, the Social Security Administration will evaluate your work activity. You can earn $860 a month and remain eligible for benefits. These amounts will be adjusted annually based on increase in the national wage index. Social Security offers the disabled two programs, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need. You can use their online Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool Kit to help determine which
programs you are eligible to receive benefits.Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis. There are however, special rules called ?work incentives that can provide continued benefits as you head back to work. Their Disability Starter Kit provides adults and children with help getting ready for your disability interview or online application. Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235-0001; 800-772-1213; TTY: 800-325-0778; www.ssa.gov
Income Eligibility: contact the program near you as there are specific requirements that must be met, although many items are excluded for the calculation of your total income.
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