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Difference in Social Security and SSI disability

Question: What is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI disability?

Answer: The Social Security Administration is responsible for two major programs that provide benefits to people with disabilities. Social Security disability benefits are paid from the Social Security Trust Funds and are financed with Social Security taxes on earnings paid by workers, employers, and self-employed persons. To be eli- gible for Social Security, a person needs to work and earn credits by paying Social Security taxes on their earnings. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are made on the basis of financial need. SSI is a program financed through general revenues. To be eligible for SSI, applicants must have limited income and resources in addition to being aged, blind or disabled. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

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