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February 19, 2014

RE: Difference between Social Security disability and SSI disability

Dear Mayor:

Many have asked about the difference between Social Security disability and SSI disability? David Vinokurov, District Manager – Trenton, NJ, Social Security Administration has provided the following information, with detailed links, to help you and your constituents/clients further understand these two programs.

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is financed with Social Security taxes paid by workers, employers, and self-employed persons.

See Understanding the Benefits for a complete explanation SSDI.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is financed through general revenues from taxes, meaning benefits are not based on your prior work history.

See Understanding Supplemental Security Income for a complete explanation of SSI

A wealth of information, dealing with topics like applying for disability, retirement, Medicare or spouses benefits, to obtaining a proof of income letter, changing an address or phone number, getting a replacement Medicare card or a Social Security Benefit Statement, is available at

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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