If a person does not meet the insured status requirements of the SSDI program, they may still be able to receive benefits under the Supplementary Security Income program (SSI).
To qualify for SSI, the claimant must meet asset and income limitations and citizenship requirements.
The asset limitation is $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple with certain exclusions. Income from all other sources including veteran’s benefits and workers’ compensation are taken into consideration in determining the income limitations.
An SSI claimant must be a US citizen. Resident aliens may be able to qualify for SSI benefits in some very limited circumstances.
A person may be able to receive both SSDI and SSI if the amount of the SSDI benefits is very low.