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SSDI Benefits in the District of Columbia

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal benefit program designed to assist individuals who cannot work due to serious, long-term health issues. It functions like an insurance policy: DC workers pay into the system via payroll taxes, and residents who become disabled can collect financial benefits.

How the SSDI Program Works in the District of Columbia

The SSDI program operates based on your work history and the severity of your medical condition. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits toward potential SSDI benefits. If you become seriously ill or injured and can't work for at least a year, you can apply to SSDI for monthly financial assistance.

Who Is Eligible for SSDI in the District of Columbia?

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in the District of Columbia, you need a solid work history and a serious medical condition that keeps you from working. Your condition must be severe and expected to last at least a year or lead to death.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability in terms of your ability to work.

To be considered disabled by SSA standards, you must meet three criteria:

  1. You cannot perform the work you did before you became disabled.
  2. You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s).
  3. Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year, or is expected to result in death.

You must also have earned enough work credits &mdash for most SSDI applicants, 40 credits are required. The amount of these credits you need varies based on your age at the time you become disabled.

How to Apply for SSDI in the District of Columbia

To apply for SSDI in the District of Columbia, visit the Social Security Administration's (SSA) website. You'll need to provide some important information including personal details, such as your name and Social Security number, and proof of age.

Gather medical records that prove you have a disability. Include medical reports, diagnoses, treatments, and any statements from friends or family that can testify that your disability has limited your ability to function.

You will also be asked to provide information about where you've worked in the past 15 years, and details about your income.

If you'd rather apply in person, you can visit your local SSA office.

Apply for SSDI Benefits Online: https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib

Apply By Phone: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Remember, the sooner you apply, the sooner you can receive benefits if you qualify.

Appealing a Denial

If your SSDI application is denied, you can appeal the decision. You must submit your appeal in writing within 60 days from the date of the denial notice.

The appeal process includes four stages:

  1. Reconsideration
  2. Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge
  3. Review by the Appeals Council
  4. Federal Court Review

To begin the appeal process, log in to your mySocialSecurity account and select Request Reconsideration.

Hiring a disability lawyer can be a big help if you're appealing an SSDI denial. These lawyers know the SSDI system inside and out. They can help you collect all the right medical and work records and fill out the paperwork correctly. They can also represent you at appeal hearings and make sure your case is presented in the best way.

While you can appeal on your own, having a lawyer who knows the ropes can make things a lot less confusing and increase your chances of winning your appeal and getting the benefits you deserve.

SSI Benefits in the District of Columbia

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is another federal program intended to aid individuals who are elderly, blind, or disabled and who have little or no income. It provides monthly payments to help cover basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter.

Unlike SSDI, SSI eligibility doesn't depend on your work history; it is need-based. If you qualify for SSI in the District of Columbia, you may be eligible for additional assistance from the local government.

You may be eligible for SSI if you:

  • Are age 65 or older, or
  • Blind, or
  • Have a disability
  • Have limited income and resources
  • Are a U.S. citizen or national, or have eligible immigration status

If you are receiving SSI, you are automatically eligible for Medicaid and will have access to all Medicaid-approved services in Washington, DC.

District of Columbia - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
270 DC DOWNTOWN 1300 D St Sw, Washington, DC 20024 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-708-3255
531 ANACOSTIA DC 2041 Mlk Jr Ave Se, Washington, DC 20020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-495-0048
E63 POSTAL PLAZA DC 1905b 9th St Ne, Washington, DC 20018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-737-4470