Many people who qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are not able to earn any income at all because of the severity of their disabling condition. As you wait for approval for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may find yourself unable to pay the bills or put food on the table.
Even once you are approved, your SSI or SSDI benefits may not be enough to provide for all your needs. As a result, many recipients of SSD benefits are interested in exploring their other options for receiving benefits and help from the government.
Other Government Benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance
While you are waiting for SSD benefits, your attorney can help you to determine if you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. There are some restrictions and limitations on collecting both unemployment and SSD benefits so you need to talk with a lawyer about your options as you do not want to jeopardize your SSD claim.
Either before or after you receive SSD benefits, you may also be eligible for other means-tested government benefits, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Your eligibility depends upon things like resources, family size, and total monthly income.
Finally, many people who receive SSD benefits are concerned about getting their medical bills paid. When you receive SSI, you may also be eligible for Medicaid coverage. For those on SSDI, Medicare may be a possibility but only after 24 months. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney can help you to determine if you should be able to receive medical benefits in addition to SSD income.