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    Want to Know Which Social Security Disability Qualifications You Meet?

    You’ve got health problems that rob you of the ability to work and earn a living, and it sure does leave you needing help. You’re stretching to hang on to a normal life.

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two disability benefits programs that could help you calm the stress:

    They’re both for people who cannot work much at all because of health impairments. Both come with monthly checks and access to health care services.

    How do you know which one you’re eligible for?

    The Tulsa Social Security Disability lawyers at Troutman & Troutman created this page to help you sort out the qualifications, work requirements, income limits and other factors that go into getting either SSI or SSDI.

    Troutman & Troutman is an Oklahoma disability law firm that has helped over 10,000 people with the Social Security. We’re here to be a friend to you in a process that can feel unfriendly.

    You can work with us in Tulsa, Owasso, Bartlesville, Tahlequah, Muskogee, and any town in Oklahoma.

    Disability Law Is All We Do.

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    Sitting on an examining room table, a man talks to his doctor. The amount of benefits you receive are different for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

    Review of Benefits: What Do You Get With SSI vs. SSDI?

    Besides the requirements to get benefits in the first place, the difference between SSI vs. SSDI is also in the types and amounts of benefits you get.

    • Monthly Checks. Both programs send you monthly payments, but your SSDI payment is based on your past income while SSI is a pre-set amount for everyone. Often, SSDI is more. In 2023, for example, the average SSDI payment was $1,483, while SSI paid $914 for an individual.
    • Health Care Coverage. Qualifying for SSDI benefits gives you access to Medicare health plans after a waiting period. Normally you couldn’t get Medicare until retirement age. SSI comes with Medicaid health care, called SoonerCare in Oklahoma.
    • When Benefits Start. SSDI requires a minimum five-month waiting period from the time you had a qualifying impairment to when your benefit checks begin. SSI benefits start almost immediately after you’re approved.
    • Benefit Reviews. Social Security checks whether your disability still qualifies for SSDI every three to seven years. (This is called a continuing disability review, or CDR.) It checks every year on your eligibility for SSI.

    Behind the scenes, another difference between SSI and SSDI is the source of their money. SSDI is funded through Social Security taxes that workers and employers pay. General tax revenue pays for SSI.

    You don’t have to worry and wonder what approach to take to your Social Security Disability claim.

    Troutman & Troutman disability lawyers can guide you through the options—and help you secure greater stability in the face of life-altering health problems.

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    Disability Attorneys Answer Your Questions about Social Security

    Your life has been disrupted by health problems. You’ve had to leave work. You’re worried about money. Social Security Disability benefits can provide relief, but they’re complicated. You’ve got a lot of questions. The Troutman & Troutman Tulsa disability lawyers have answers.

    SSD Questions & Answers »

    “I spoke with Mr. Troutman when I called the first time. A nicer person you couldn’t meet. They explained everything to me. I left it in their hands. (Victoria Rackley) is an amazing person. Each time we spoke, she explained what was happening in my case. She was with me through this process. So glad I called them. Thank you all. I recommend them 100 percent.

    Lynette Fry in GOOGLE REVIEWS


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