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SSDI Benefits in Rhode Island

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that helps people who cannot work because of a serious medical condition. If you have worked in the past and paid Social Security taxes, you might qualify for benefits in the form of monthly payments that assist you with your living costs.

The SSDI program operates through the Social Security Administration (SSA), which takes charge of processing applications, deciding who qualifies, figuring out the amount of benefits, and sending payments every month. The SSA has rules to make sure only those who still meet the requirements get the benefits.

The amount you'll receive depends on your previous earnings and how much you have contributed to Social Security through payroll taxes. Once approved, you will start receiving monthly payments to help with expenses like rent, food, and medical care.

How to Qualify for SSDI

Qualifying for SSDI in Rhode Island depends on your medical condition and your work history. Here's what you need:

  • Medical Condition: You must have a medical problem that fits the SSA's definition of a disability. It must be severe enough to keep you from working for at least a year or result in death.
    • Work History: You must have worked long enough to earn the required work credits. Work credits are based on your yearly wages or self-employment income, and you can earn up to four credits per year. Most applicants are required to have 40 credits.

The SSA uses a guide called the Blue Book to decide who qualifies for disability benefits. This book lists the specific eligibility requirements for each type of disability.

Consultative Examination (CE)

A Consultative Examination (CE) is part of the SSDI approval process and may be required if the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs more information about your medical condition. The examination is performed by a healthcare professional, arranged and paid for by the SSA. The goal is to understand how your disability affects your ability to work. The results of this exam can help determine whether you qualify for disability benefits.

You can typically have someone accompany you to the Consultative Examination (CE) if it makes you feel more comfortable. This can be a family member, friend, or caregiver.

How to Apply for SSDI in Rhode Island

Applying for SSDI in Rhode Island can be done online, by phone, or at a local Social Security 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.

When applying, you'll need to provide information like your Social Security Number, medical details, names and contact info for doctors, a list of medicines, work history, and a recent W-2 or tax return. Having this information ready can make the process smoother.

If your claim is denied, you can file an appeal. The appeal process includes several levels of review, and if you still disagree with the decision, you can escalate your case to the next level. The final level is a federal court review.

Some people choose to hire a disability lawyer or advocate to help them with the application or appeal. While this is not required, having professional assistance might make the process less stressful and increase your chances of success.

Supplemental Security Income in Rhode Island

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is another program administered by the SSA. Benefits are available to low-income Rhode Island residents who have a disability, are blind, or are 65 or older.

Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), SSI is not based on work history but on financial need.

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

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

SSI provides cash assistance to help with basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. To qualify for SSI, applicants must meet specific income and resource limits. They must also belong to one of the target groups: people who are blind, adults aged 65 and above, or people who have a disability that prevents them from working.

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

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

Applying for SSI in Rhode Island can be done online, by phone, or in person at a local Social Security office. You'll need to provide information regarding your financial situation, medical condition, and personal details, so having documents like bank statements, medical records, and identification ready can be helpful.


What's the difference between SSI and SSDI? SSDI requires a certain number of work credits, while SSI focuses on a person's financial needs. It's possible to qualify for both programs at the same time.

In Rhode Island, qualifying for SSI automatically qualifies you for other programs such as Medicaid, which can assist with healthcare expenses, and SNAP, which helps with purchasing groceries. These additional benefits can greatly ease the financial burden and provide more comprehensive support to those in need.

Rhode Island - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
072 PROVIDENCE RI 6th Fl, One Empire Plz, Providence, RI 02903 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-402-0808
074 PAWTUCKET RI 4 Pleasant St, Pawtucket, RI 02860 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-931-7079
075 WARWICK RI 1st Fl, 30 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-2038
073 WOONSOCKET RI Pavilion Plz, 2168 Diamond Hill Rd, Woonsocket, RI 02895 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-229-3542
A89 NEWPORT RI 1st Flr, 130 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-253-5607