Disability Benefits

Definition - What does Disability Benefits mean?

Disability benefits, in the context of Social Security, refer to the assistance provided to disabled individuals and certain members of their family. The assistance is usually provided in a monetary form. In the United States, disability benefits are provided through the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Justipedia explains Disability Benefits

Disability benefits are provided to disabled individuals who are not able to work due to their impairment. In some cases, these benefits are also extended to certain dependent family members of the disabled individual. The United States government runs Social Security, a social insurance program that provides benefits to individuals suffering from disability. Social Security is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The SSA provides disability benefits through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI benefits are provided only to workers who qualify for it while SSI benefits are provided to any low-income disabled individual. The SSI benefits are also extended to disabled children (below 18 years) who come from low-income families.

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