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SSDI Benefits in Oregon

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program run by the federal government that provides monthly payments to Oregon residents who can't work due to a disability. It's funded through payroll taxes and operates like an insurance plan. Benefits are available to employees who are unable to work due to a long-term, severe health issue.

What Does the SSA Do?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the agency responsible for managing SSDI. The agency handles applications, determines who's eligible, calculates benefits, and sends out monthly payments. The SSA also ensures that Oregon residents who currently receive SSDI benefits still meet eligibility requirements over time.

How to Qualify for SSDI

In Oregon, you can qualify for SSDI if you have a medical condition that stops you from working. It must be expected to last at least a year or result in death.

You must also have earned enough work credits, which are earned by years of employment.

What Are Work Credits?

Work credits are a way to measure how much and how long you've worked. These credits are designed to measure how much you've contributed to Social Security over time. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits. You can earn up to four credits each year.

The number of credits you need depends on your age when you become disabled. If you're younger, you need fewer credits, and if you're older, you need more. Most applicants need 40 credits to qualify.

How Does the SSA Define Disability?

The SSA has clear rules about what counts as a disability. The condition must be serious enough to stop you from working and must be expected to last at least a year or result in death. Temporary or short-term conditions don't qualify.

The SSA uses a guide called the Blue Book to help decide who qualifies for SSDI. This guide lists medical conditions and the specific requirements for each one. It's a detailed manual that helps the SSA and medical professionals understand if your condition is severe enough to meet the SSDI standards.

For example, if you have a heart condition, the Blue Book will list what tests, symptoms, and medical records you need to show to prove that you're unable to work because of that condition. It's a way to make sure that the rules are applied fairly and consistently.

How to Apply for SSDI in Oregon

You can apply for SSDI online through the SSA's website, call a toll-free number, or visit a local Social Security office. The easiest way to apply is online.

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.

When applying for SSDI, you'll need to provide some specific information. You'll need to submit thorough details about your health condition, including the names and contact information of doctors, hospitals, and clinics, a list of medications, and any medical tests you've had.

The SSA will also ask about your work history. Provide information about where you've worked, what kind of jobs you've done, and how long you worked. You will also need to submit a copy of a recent W-2 or tax return.

What Is a Consultative Examination?

A Consultative Examination (CE) is a medical check-up that the Social Security Administration (SSA) might ask for when you're applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It's a way for them to get more details about your health condition.

This exam helps show how your medical issue affects your ability to work. The physician performing the CE must be approved by the SSA.

Do I Need a Disability Lawyer?

If you need help with your claim, it may be a good idea to get a disability lawyer. These are legal professionals who specialize in SSDI and know how the system works. They can guide you through the application and appeal process, and help you present your case in the best possible way.

Hiring a disability lawyer isn't required, but it can be a big help, especially if your initial application is denied. Disability lawyers only charge you if you win your appeal. The maximum amount that an attorney can charge is $7,200 or 25% of your back pay, whichever is less.

Supplemental Security Income in Oregon

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides financial assistance to low-income Oregon residents who are disabled, blind, or 65 years old or older. Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), SSI is not based on your work history but on financial need.

SSI recipients must meet low-income requirements and belong to one of the following groups:

  • People who are blind
  • Adults aged 65 and above
  • People who are unable to work because of a disability

To qualify for SSI in Oregon, you must meet the income and income limitations set by the SSA.

How to Apply for SSI

Like SSDI, applying for SSI can be done online, by phone, or in person at a local Social Security office. If you apply for SSI, you will need to provide information about your income, living arrangements, and bank accounts, along with documentation of your disability, if applicable.

Apply for SSI Benefits Online: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/start.html

Apply By Phone: Call 1-800-772-1213

SSI is different from SSDI in several key ways. While SSDI is based on your work history and Social Security taxes, SSI is strictly need-based.

If you are approved for SSI, you may also automatically qualify for other assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid. These additional programs provide valuable assistance to Oregon residents in need.

Oregon - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
687 BEAVERTON OR 11975 Sw 2nd St, Ste 100, Beaverton, OR 97005 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-2036
932 PORTLAND METRO OR 1538 Sw Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97205 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-632-6990
933 EUGENE OR 2504 Oakmont Way, Eugene, OR 97401 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-563-3450
935 SALEM OR Ste 110, 1750 Mcgilchrist St Se, Salem, OR 97302 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-593-1559
937 MEDFORD OR Ste 101, 3501 Excel Dr, Medford, OR 97504 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-931-7943
940 PORTLAND-EAST O 17925 Se Division St, Portland, OR 97236 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-331-6402
689 THE DALLES OR Ste 110, 401 E 3rd St, The Dalles, OR 97058 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-3526
936 LA GRANDE OR 2205 Cove Ave, La Grande, OR 97850 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-810-7611
938 NORTH BEND OR 3661 Brdway Ave, North Bend, OR 97459 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-275-9901
939 ROSEBURG OR 1730 Nw Hughwood Ave, Roseburg, OR 97471 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-614-0031
941 OREGON CITY 194 Beverly Dr, Oregon City, OR 97045 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-4264
B76 ALBANY OR Ste 110, 1390 Waverly Dr Se, Albany, OR 97322 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-9196
B77 ONTARIO OR 908 Se 5th Ave, Ontario, OR 97914 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-403-8016
B78 PENDLETON OR Ste 100, 1229 Se 3rd St, Pendleton, OR 97801 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-0480
D52 WARRENTON OR Ste 104, 1479 Se Discovery Ln, Warrenton, OR 97146 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-840-5743
D53 BEND OR Ste 201, 250 Nw Franklin Ave, Bend, OR 97703 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-0302