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Is ssi social sercerty?

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  • Judith
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    2 months ago

    No.  SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income.  It is a federal welfare program for people who have limited income and resources who are either over age 64 (SSI Aged) or, if under age 65, are disabled (SSI Disability).  Just because it is managed by the Social Security Administration does NOT make it a social security benefit which is earned when a person works and pays social security taxes long enough.

    SSI came into existence January 1974 when it was made a federal program.  Before then it was called Aid to the Blind, Aged and Disabled and was handled by each state through the county Dept of Social Services offices.  There was no uniformity in determining who was disabled and the benefit amounts changed from one state to another.  Because of that Congress and the President decided to put it under the control of the federal government and it was given to the Social Security Administration to administer because social security was already in the business of making disability decisions.

    The definition of disability for adults is the same under both the social security program and the SSI programs.  The definition of disability is different for children under the age of 18 who file for SSI.  There is no such thing as a disability benefit for children under age 18 for social security - only SSI.  

    Children under age 18 can receive social security benefits ONLY if they have a parent who is receiving either social security retirement benefits or social security disability benefits or they are deceased in which case the child receives a survivor benefit.  These children do not have to be disabled or students in order to receive monthly benefits; they merely have to be minors.  It is only when they reach age 18 that they must either be a full time high school student or severely disabled in order for social security benefits to continue.

    Pearl's answer is incorrect; she doesn't understand the difference between the programs either.

    In order to receive social security benefits (as opposed to SSI) a person must have worked and paid social security taxes long enough to be eligible for social security disability or social security retirement benefits or for benefits to be paid to survivors.  Benefits can be paid to children, wives, husbands, widows and widowers if they meet certain conditions.  SSI doesn't pay benefits to anyone other than the eligible person who is either disabled or aged.

    Some people collect both social security and SSI IF their social security benefit is a low one.  The social security benefit reduces the amount of SSI.  ANY income reduces SSI since it is based upon financial need.  That is NOT the case with social security benefits - only certain types of income reduces a social security benefit.

    I was a social security claims rep for 32 yrs.

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  • 2 months ago

    it is but for younger people too

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes, Social Security. SSI stands for Social Security Insurance. SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. 

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