Frequently Asked Questions: Benefits & Qualifying
How Does The SSA Determine Disability?
The Social Security Administration uses a 5-step Sequential Evaluation Process to determine whether or not you are disabled and thus would qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
In short, the Social Security Administration will examine the evidence of your medical condition(s) to see whether or not those condition(s) – also known as “impairments” – will limit your ability to work. You will need to demonstrate that your condition is severe, and will keep you out of work for at least one year.
The Five Step Process includes demonstrating:
- that you are not currently engaged in Substantial Gainful Activity
- that you have a severe impairment; and
- that the impairment meets or equals a listed impairment; or
- that you cannot continue in your previous line of work;
Other Benefits & Qualifying FAQs:
- How Does The SSA Determine Disability?
- When Do Disability Insurance Benefits Start?
- How Much Will I Get Every Month?
- Once Approved, Do Benefits Ever Stop?
- Do I Need to Be A U.S. Citizen / Taxpayer to Be Eligible for SSDI?
- Can Spouses or Children Get Disability Benefits?
- Can I Still Work and Receive Disability Benefits?
- What Is the Work Incentive Program / Trial Work Period?
- What is the Social Security “Red Book”?
- Can I Get Medicare or Medicaid with SSDI and SSI?
- What’s the Difference Between Back Pay and Retroactive Benefits?
- Do I Need an Advocate?
- How Do Advocates Like Citizens Disability Help Me?