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How Does Someone Become Eligible to Receive Benefits from the Various SSD or SSI Programs?

Posted by attorney Michael Liner

To receive benefits under the SSD or SSI programs, the standard for being considered “disabled" is the same. A claimant must have physical or mental health problems (or a combination of both) severe enough to keep them from working in a regular, paying job for a period lasting at least 12 months. The standard is not whether a person is able to get a job, or whether a person is able to go back to their old job. The standard is whether a person is capable of doing jobs that are present in the economy in “significant" numbers.

Using several factors including a claimant’s medical condition, remaining ability to work, age, education, training and work experience, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will apply the relevant law and determine eligibility for the benefit programs.

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