The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that provides assistance to people who meet the requirements for disability. But what are these requirements? How does one qualify?

SSDI is different from SSI, SSI is a Supplemental Security Income, which is more a welfare program than SSDI which is an insurance program. Read more here on what you need to know.


What is SSDI?


Social Security Disability Insurance in Washington State is for those who become disabled and who have “paid into the system” – or worked long enough to have paid Social Security taxes on their earnings – to receive benefits paid to you and certain family members (if insured). 


What Are Income and Asset Limitations Of SSDI?


SSDI has no asset limitation, but the person’s compensation and/or other state/federal insurance payments may affect what you will get as benefits under SSDI. 


How to qualify for disability benefits in Washington State?


The most important medical requirement is that a person must have a disability. This disability or a medical condition is not allowing you or making it impossible for you to work. This also includes terminal medical conditions.


Other qualifications


  1. Your medical condition will continue for at least 1 year, or for the rest of your life.
  2. You’re at or below 66 years old. Those under age 50 applying for SSDI have to prove that they can no longer work because of the medical condition. 
  3. Enough taxes were paid into the Social Security program to meet work credit requirements. This is likely 5 out of the past 10 years.
  4. Getting more than $1,000/month at a job is ineligible for benefits.


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