The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a crucial source of financial support for individuals with disabilities who are unable to work. However, the eligibility requirements for SSDI benefits can be complex, leading many people to wonder if they qualify for the program.
According to an article published by Tododisca on March 25, 2023, SSDI eligibility is based on an individual’s work history. An individual must have worked and paid into the Social Security system for a certain period of time, which is measured in work credits. Once an individual earns enough work credits, they may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits if they become disabled and unable to work.
There are also specific medical requirements that must be met for SSDI eligibility. Specifically, an individual must have a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. The impairment must be severe enough that the individual is unable to work.
Recent proposals to change SSDI eligibility requirements have sparked concern among advocates for individuals with disabilities. One proposal seeks to increase the length of time that individuals must work to qualify for SSDI benefits, which could prevent many individuals with disabilities from accessing the program. Another proposal seeks to revise the medical eligibility criteria, which could make it more difficult for individuals with certain types of disabilities to qualify for benefits.
Ultimately, it’s important for individuals with disabilities to understand SSDI eligibility requirements and stay informed about any proposed changes to these requirements. By doing so, they can ensure that they have access to the support they need to live full and independent lives.