Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program administered by the Social Security Administration. SSA pays monthly benefits to people with disabilities and certain members of their families. The monthly benefit amount is based upon your work record when you pay into the federal income tax system from your employment. Every person eligible for SSDI will receive a different monthly benefit amount depending upon their earnings. You have to attain a certain number of quarters of coverage from your employment to receive SSDI. There are additional rules that apply for eligibility for SSDI. If awarded SSDI benefits, you will be eligible for Medicare coverage two years after the date of your first month of benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program administered by the Social Security Administration. SSA pays monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. Blind or disabled children may also get SSI.
You can receive benefits under SSI if you have not worked very much or have not worked at all. There are additional eligibility rules that apply regarding income, resources and your living arrangements. If awarded SSI benefits, you will be eligible for MediCal coverage from the date of your award.