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Social Security Disability

Social Security is a federal program that pays monthly benefits to aged, blind and disabled people. In some cases, other family members may also be eligible to get benefits off your Social Security account. Social Security benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). One type of benefit available from SSA, for those who qualify, is Social Security Disability. In order to be eligible, you must not only be able to prove you are disabled according to SSA’s definition, but also that you have worked enough to earn it. One way of looking at it is that SSD is similar to an insurance plan, with your past earnings and Social Security deductions from your paychecks being like premiums that you’ve paid for that insurance coverage.

Social Security Disability/ Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Working While Disabled

If you are receiving disability benefits, Social Security’s work incentives and Ticket to Work programs can help you if you are interested in working. Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. If you cannot continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again – you may not have to file a new application.

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