Benefits for People with Disabilities

Benefits for People with Disabilities

December 30, 2022

Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.

When you apply for either program, medical and other information are collected from you to decide whether you meet Social Security’s definition of disability. Periodically, information will need to be updated about your condition. You may receive a Disability Update Report (SSA-455). This form can now be completed online.

Use the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool to find out which programs may be able to pay you benefits.

If your application has recently been denied, the Internet Appeal is a starting point to request a review of the decision about your eligibility for disability benefits.

If your application is denied for:

  • Medical reasons, you can complete and submit the required Appeal Request and Appeal Disability Report online.The disability report asks you for updated information about your medical condition and any treatment, tests, or doctor visits since we made our decision.
  • Non-medical reasons, you should contact your local Social Security Office to request the review. You also may call the toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to request an appeal. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.


Date Acquired: 6/21/2022