How to determine my, my family member’s or client’s government benefits?

First, what is the difference between the types of Government benefits according to Social Security Administration (SSA)?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Is a federal program that provides monthly payments to disabled individuals with sufficient work history credits. 

Your monthly benefit amount is NOT affected by any assets you have; however, too much-earned income can result in a reduction of the monthly benefit amount.

If your client is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, he/she is also eligible for Medicare after a 24-month qualifying period.


Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Is a federal program that provides monthly payments to people with limited income and insufficient work history to qualify for SSDI. SSI is for people of any age, including children and individuals who are disabled and unable to work. 

To qualify for SSI, you must meet one of these requirements: 

  • Be age 65 or older
  • Be totally or partially blind. 
  • Have a medical condition that keeps you from working and is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

Depending on the State you live in, you may qualify for Medicaid if your client receives $1.00 of SSI.

Note: Individual & Pooled Special Needs Trust protects eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. 


Can my client have both SSDI & SSI?

Yes, your client can be eligible for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) AND Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This happens when your client’s SSDI is lower than the federal SSI amount, which changes yearly. Your client may apply for SSDI and SSI to match the current federal SSI annual rate. 

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Where can my clients check their benefits?

  1. Have your client login to
  2. Have your client obtain a letter from their local Social Security Office.

Clarifying Questions to Ask to determine government benefits?

Does the client have a sufficient work history to qualify for SSDI?

This determines that your client is on Social Security Disability Insurance. 

If your client earns at least 40 Social Security credits. They earn credits when they work and pay Social Security taxes. Social Security uses the number of credits earned to determine their eligibility for retirement or disability benefits, Medicare, and their family’s eligibility for survivor benefits when they die. Since 1978, you can earn up to 4 credits per year.


How much do you receive from Social Security?

If your client receives MORE than the current monthly federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) rate, they are on Social Security Disability Insurance.

When do you receive your Social Security Check?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are paid of the 1st of the month. Unless the 1st falls on the weekend then the payments will be issued the Friday before the 1st.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Payment will be based on your birthday. Below are the days of the month you can expect your payments based on your birthday. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will follow this same SSDI payment schedule in 2022 and 2023.

If you were born on this day:Your benefits will be paid on:
1st - 10thSecond Wednesday
11th - 20thThird Wednesday
21st - 31stFourth Wednesday


Please see Schedule for 2023:

Disclaimer: This resource provided by CPT Institute is for informational purposes only and are intended to be used as a non-legal guide prior to consultation with an attorney familiar with your specific legal situation. CPT Institute is not engaged in the practice of law or in rendering legal advice or counsel. No such legal advice or counseling is either expressly or impliedly intended. If you require legal advice, you should seek the services of an attorney.