What Are Virginia Social Security Disability Benefits?

In Virginia Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or DIB or Title II) is a program financed with Social Security taxes paid by workers, employers and self-employed persons.  Disability benefits are payable to disabled workers, disabled widow(er)s or adults disabled since childhood, who are otherwise eligible.  Auxiliary benefits may be payable to a worker’s dependents, as well.

The monthly disability benefit payment is based on the Social Security earnings of the insured worker on whose Social Security number the disability claim is filed and is similar to those received by retired workers.  When you become entitled to twenty-four (24) months of SSDI you are entitled to Medicare.

In Virginia Supplemental Security Income (SSI or Title XVI) is a welfare type program financed through general tax revenues.  SSI disability benefits are payable to adults or children who are disabled, meet the income, resource and living arrangement requirements, and are otherwise eligible. (Currently can have no more than $2000 in assets for an individual and $3000 for a couple). No Auxiliary benefits are paid with SSI.

The monthly amount of SSI payments are different in every state and can vary by the person’s income and resources. You can be eligible for SSI even if you have never worked or paid taxes taxes under FICA.  Generally, however, to be eligible for SSI payments you need to be a U.S. citizen or meet certain requirements for non-citizens. If you receive SSI you are entitled to Medicaid with no waiting period and it is free.

For more information on Virginia Social Security Disability and SSI benefits please contact Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law, www.sheriabrams.com.