Kathy- SSI versus SSD

Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Apr 04,2001,11:47   Archive
You mentioned in one of your posts that you were turned down for social security disability due to receiving alimony.
When you apply for social security disability, they automatically see if you are eligible for social security income. Even though, you might not have applied for this yourself or had any knowledge of this, this is the process that it goes through. I also received a letter saying that I was not eligible for social security income. I thought that I was being turned down for disability at that point. I called them and said that I was somewhat confused with the wording of things and asked them to explain. Qualifications for SSI are based on your income and you have to be almost destitute to receive it. I was told that this had nothing whatsoever to do with my disability claim, though. that it was an entirely separate matter. Social Security Disability has nothing to do with the amount of money that you have or that your spouse makes.
If your disability claim is approved, the amount of money that you receive monthly is based on your past income and has nothing to do with alimony payments or money that you might have in savings.

I thought the same thing that you did-that my claim had been turned down, but that was not the case.

Shirley in AR.

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