Non-Medical Requirements for Disability BenefitsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 16, 2015 | In Social Security Disability
It’s common knowledge that someone must have physical or mental issues to qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). In order to receive disability benefits, you must have a severe condition that automatically qualifies you for support or you must prove that your impairments prevent you from working. What most people don’t know is that there are also non-medical requirements that can affect your ability to receive financial support.
Even if you have a qualifying medical condition, you won’ receive disability benefits if you fail to meet certain requirements. For example, if you’re able to earn a certain amount of money each month through work, you won’t qualify for disability benefits. To be eligible for disability benefits in the year 2015, you must earn under $1,090 a month. This limit is called substantial gainful activity. If you earn over the limit, you can’t receive disability benefits.
After determining if you earn enough to qualify for benefits, the SSA will review if you qualify for SSI or SSDI benefits.
- SSDI is for workers who have paid Social Security benefits over the years. The non-medical requirements for SSDI include earning less than the substantial gainful activity limit, making enough payments to the SSA over the years and meeting a number of citizenship and lawful residency requirements.
- SSI is for low-income applicants who haven’t earned enough to qualify for SSDI. SSI is specifically for disabled individuals who’ve never been able to work or who haven’t worked in a long time. SSI is also available for children with physical or mental disabilities. SSA representatives will review your work history to make sure you qualify.
If you don’t meet certain non-medical requirements, you will not receive disability benefits. Your application will never make it past the claims representative at the Social Security office.