How Many People Get Social Security Disability (SSI) Payments

Physical or mental disabilities sometimes prevent people from working.

As we get older, it also becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with physical demands in many industries. Programs like SSI help bridge the gap between employment and being unable to continue to work due to blindness, disability, or age (over age 65).

Although Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is somewhat limited, you may be surprised to learn just how many people are on social security.

How Many People Are on SSI?

According to SSI statistics kept by the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are over 8 million people who receive SSI benefits across the United States. This number fluctuates every month, so this data is periodically adjusted.

Although you might assume that most of those who collect SSI are over the age of 65, the majority of those who receive SSI benefits are actually between the ages of 18 and 64. This group makes up about half of all SSI recipients. They include individuals who are considered blind or disabled based on SSA’s definition of those conditions.

Those over the age of 65 account for roughly one-fourth of all recipients. Nonetheless, approximately 97% of the elderly either currently receive or will receive SSI in the future.

More Interesting Facts: Social Security Income by State

As of SSI statistics for 2017, California accounts for nearly 15% of all of those who receive SSI benefits. Wyoming has the lowest numbers of total people who get SSI.

Pennsylvania makes up only roughly 4% of the total individuals receive SSI. In 2017, that total was 361,250 people.

A significant percentage of those who receive SSI in Pennsylvania have a disability. In fact, statistics indicate that roughly 93% of Pennsylvania residents receiving SSI benefits fall under the “blind and disabled” category as of 2017.

Common Conditions and Disabilities that Trigger SSI

SSI is available for a wide variety of conditions and disabilities. The SSA uses a complicated process to determine if someone is considered disabled for purposes of receiving SSI and Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. The percentage of people getting SSDI benefits is much larger than those receiving SSI.

SSA classifies types of disabilities into broad categories, such as musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory system conditions, and digestive system disorders, just to name a few.

Some of the most common conditions that trigger SSI benefits include:

  • Chronic back pain (often with limited function)
  • Blindness or severe vision loss
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Obstruction Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging
  • Kidney or renal failure
  • Chronic anemia
  • Chronic skin infections
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Mosaic (and Non-Mosaic) Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Cancer
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia

If you think that you or a loved one qualifies for SSI, you can submit an application for review. These benefits can be extremely valuable to someone who is having trouble working and keeping up with daily obligations.

You can (and should) include a full listing of all of your medical conditions in your application for SSI benefits. Sometimes if your conditions are less severe, but there are several, you can still get SSI. Your application should fully set out all of your medical conditions, even if they seem relatively minor standing alone.

Even with these somewhat stringent requirements, you may be surprised just how many people are on social security. Qualifying may not be easy, however, even if it seems like you easily meet SSA’s definition of disabled. Having a disability attorney help you with the Social Security disability application process can be very helpful.

Contact our SSI Lawyers to Learn More

Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo can help you with the application process to get SSI benefits. We understand how much these benefits mean to you and your family, and we provide most services at no up-front cost to you. We only get paid if you get benefits. Set up a free, no obligation consultation with our team today.

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