Social Security Disability Benefits

When you are disabled, it can be difficult to get the resources you need to take care of yourself or even your family. Applying for disability benefits can help you get back on your feet and ready to move on. In addition to the monthly payments, disability and all other social security payments come with numerous benefits to help those who are unable to work.

Some of these benefits help people who are waiting to receive their SSI or SSDI benefits. There may be gaps when it comes to getting the payments you need to support your family. Applying for temporary benefits can help with health insurance, cash assistance, or even food and nutrition services.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance is a program established as a support service for people who cannot access quality food. Families with Social Security can take advantage of SNAP benefits to streamline expenses and support their families. This benefit is determined by the number of people and children who live with you and your spouse.

There are online tools to help you determine your eligibility for SNAP. Since this program is statewide, requirements and benefits vary by state. Use this calculator to determine your eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

This program is made for very low income low income families. To be eligible, you must be pregnant or caring for a child under the age of 19. You must prove your condition of underemployment or unemployment at the time of requesting this benefit. TANF benefits are paid in cash based on the number of people in your household and total income. TANF is awarded by the state and each territory has defined separate qualifications for TANF. For example, in Georgia, the requirements determine your income, your children’s school attendance, and other strict requirements. Some states will have strict requirements, while others will not.

State temporary disability

Some states offer a temporary disability program if you have been disabled and cannot work. These states are:

• California

•   New York

•New Jersey

• Rhode Island

• Hawaii

The benefit amount is generally based on two-thirds of your current monthly salary. This benefit can last six to twelve months and is great for people who are waiting for their SSDI or SSI benefits. Be sure to research your state’s laws regarding temporary disability or visit a local social security office to meet with an agent.

Discounted health care and insurance coverage

When you start applying for SSI, you can use that application to apply for Medicaid or your state health plan. These projects will use your financial information to determine if you should receive free or discounted health plans. Be sure to research your local health coverage, as you may be able to apply automatically if you’re low-income or already have Social Security benefits. If you are over 62, there are programs to help cover your medical bills.

Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements for temporary disability?

In each state, eligibility requirements vary. If you become disabled and legally unable to work, this will qualify you to receive a portion of your monthly salary as a Social Security benefit.

How do you qualify for disability?

Often, by applying for SSDI, people qualify for a temporary disability that states they cannot go to work. If you have spent at least 10 years contributing to your work record, you can receive compensation after your temporary disability and receive monthly payments to help pay your bills and medical bills.

How can I get food vouchers?

Food stamps, now called SNAP, are distributed based on income and the number of people in a household. Applying for SNAP is easy, and there are online calculators to help you determine if you’re eligible.

What is the difference between SNAP and food stamps?

SNAP is the new name for food stamps. The previous name of the national nutrition program, food vouchers, was a voucher used in stores to pay for food. Monthly SNAP benefits are now added to an EBT debit card that contains all of your benefit money.

What is the one-time TANF crisis payment?

One-time TANF payments can occur if a family is eligible for housing or emergency support. Crisis payments can be up to $1,000.

TANF benefits increase with more children?

Yes, but when you apply, you will only get benefits for the number of children you have. Having children while receiving the benefit will not increase your payments monthly.