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Sometimes Disability Benefits Can Be a Bad Thing

  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that provides cash assistance to people with disabilities who are unable to participate in sustained gainful activities. Unlike some programs, like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, SSDI provides benefits to people regardless of their financial circumstances. Because SSDI is an insurance program that most workers contribute to through payroll taxes, as long as an SSDI recipient is not earning much money from working, he or she can have unearned income (income not earned by working) and unlimited resources and still receive SSDI. On top of the cash benefit, people…

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Program distinctions between Social Security Disability “SSDI” and Veterans Disability Compensation “VDC”

Distinctions between the SSDI and VDC programs make it possible for even a 100% disabled veteran to be denied SSDI coverage. VDC does not require total impairment before benefits can be awarded, nor does VDC require a claimant to be unable to work unless the claimant receives IU compensation. The average monthly VDC payment of $2,673 is more than twice that of the average $1,064 payment received by SSDI beneficiaries. Veterans who receive compensation under both programs, are not subject to any offset of one benefit against the other (CRS Order Code R41289, June 17, 2010). For more in to…

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