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Social Security Disability Insurance

Posted on:6/14/2013
When working, most people have FICA taxes withheld from their pay checks. A small part of that federal withholding goes to fund the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

The Social Security Administration has a work credit system whereby you are automatically covered under the Social Security Disability Insurance program if you have held a regular job and worked at least five out of the last ten years at the time your disability began. It is a bit complicated, but you get one quarter of coverage for certain amounts during a calendar year.


An individual can only earn up to four quarters of coverage during any calendar year. The Social Security Administration or an experienced attorney can help figure out whether you have enough quarters to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.


To calculate the amount of your benefit, the Social Security Administration reviews your lifetime average earnings. The earnings of most public school teachers are not covered by social security. Likewise, even if you worked, but failed to pay taxes for some of those years; those earnings will not count towards your social security retirement or disability benefit. If you are applying for social security benefits, seek the assistance of an experienced social security attorney.


Individuals who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance automatically qualify for Medicare insurance. However, such coverage does not usually begin until approximately two and a half years after the date the Social Security Administration finds that you became disabled.

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