Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) vs. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Navigating legal language can be tricky, clients that don’t have a familiarity with the complex legal jargon used in documents issued by the United States Department of Social Security are often left scratching their heads when it comes to the definition of certain terms used to protect and provide security to the thousands of  individuals that file for claims each year. One of the most commonly asked questions comes at the very beginning of the application process; What is the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) is for people who suffer with a disability and can no longer work. You may qualify for this program if you have worked a long time and paid sufficient FICA taxes. But, you may still be denied these benefits by the government. If you have not paid enough money into the Social Security system to qualify for benefits, then you may still be able to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The government will look at your income status and review what resources are available to you. This is used in determining your...