Friday, September 01, 2006

Can you get disability benefits if you have never worked ?

Yes, you can get disability benefits if you have never worked. You would be unable to qualify for social security disability benefits but, rather, might potentially receive consideration for disability benefits under SSI (supplemental security income).

The SSI program provides benefits to minor-age children who are disabled and to adults who do not have a work history. It also provides disability benefits to individuals who were once covered or insured for title II benefits (social security disability) but, due to low, nonexistent, or sporadic earnings in recent years, are no longer insured for such benefits.

SSI benefits may also be received by disabled individuals who are actually covered by social security disability but whose benefit would be very low. Such individuals may potentially receive concurrent benefits; that is, disability benefits from both social security disability and SSI.

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