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Reply #36: Nationally SSI is only $674, SS Disability can pay better, but is a different program [View All]

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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-11 01:42 PM
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36. Nationally SSI is only $674, SS Disability can pay better, but is a different program
Now, Social Security, Social Security Disability AND Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are all run by the Social Security Administration (SSA), Social Security taxes only pay for the first two, SSI is paid via general funds (i.e. Income Taxes). The test for disability for Social Security Disability and SSI are the same, the difference is your work record. SSI was set in the 1960s as the minimal amount you needed to survive. SSI goes to those people who are NOT eligible for Social Security Disability OR if eligible for Social Security Disability, the amount they are entitled to is less below the "Standard of Need". The "Standard of Need" was set in the 1960s and income indexed so it goes up each year (Except the last two, where we have had officially no inflation).

Just pointing out $1400 a month is NOT SSI, SSI recipients get only $671 per month.
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