SSDI – Social Security Disability Insurance
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must have worked long enough and paid enough into your Social Security tax bucket.
SSI – Supplemental Security Income
If you or a child in your home suffer from a medical condition and are on a limited/low income, you might qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSDI & Medicare
After you receive disability benefits for 24 months, you will automatically be eligible for Medicare. However if you have permanent kidney failure requiring regular dialysis or a transplant, or you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), you may qualify for Medicare almost immediately. Medicare is financed by a portion of the payroll taxes paid by workers and their employers. It also is financed in part by monthly premiums deducted from Social Security checks.
SSI & Medicaid
Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia provide Medicaid eligibility to people approved for SSI benefits. In the states, the SSI application is also the Medicaid application. Medicaid eligibility starts the same months as SSI eligibility.