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SSDI: Before You File Your Claim

If You Need Money Immediately

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When you apply for SSDI, tell the representative you also want to be considered for SSI (Supplemental Security Income), the program which provides an income if you have a limited amount of income and resources. (A house and car don't count as resources for SSI purposes.) It is possible to obtain immediate payment under SSI to help tide you over the period until SSDI starts. If this is of interest you, see SSI, Presumptive Disability.

NOTE: Social Security representatives are supposed to automatically advise you about all benefits to which you may be entitled.

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