SSDI/SSI are Federal Programs, SC is simply part of it, the state has nothing to do with eligibility.There are many different levels of Social Security income available to those who aren't able to work, programs like Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish them from each other. This guide should help you differentiate SSDI and SSI benefits.
|Social Security Disability Insurance||Supplemental Security Income|
|Eligibility||• A disabled or blind person must have been working and paying into the Social Security system in order to qualify for benefits.• The Social Security Administration must determine that the person cannot participate in substantially gainful activity.||• A child or adult must first be disabled to qualify for benefits. Not true. Must be "first" disabled, inaccurate. SSA will check income and resources first and THEN check disability/medical.• And have an income below $1,730 per month( This monthly benefit is lower for a single person) up to $6,960 per year in 2013.• Limited resources, meaning less than $2,000 (after the first $1,000 per family member)|
|Benefit amount||• The monthly payment is entirely dependent upon the disabled person's Social Security earnings record.||• The 2013 federal SSI benefit is $710 per month for an individual and $1,066. $1066 for what? With dependant?• South Carolina offers a state supplement of $483 per month to the federal benefit for low-income individuals living in a community residential facility.|
|Medical Coverage||The disabled worker will be eligible for Medicare coverage after two years of qualifying for SSDI benefits in South Carolina, SC state, federal guidelines so all states same.||South Carolina SSI beneficiaries are automatically eligible for Medicaid. All SSI beneficiaries get medical coverage, regardless of SC, federal guidelines.|