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SSDI Benefits in Wyoming
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides financial support to Wyoming residents who are unable to work due to a disability. The program assists those who have paid into the Social Security system through their employment but are now unable to continue working because of a physical or mental health issue.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees the SSDI program. They handle applications, make decisions on who is eligible for benefits, and send out monthly payments. The SSA works closely with medical professionals and other agencies to make sure that only those who truly need the assistance receive it.
The SSA also manages other Social Security programs, such as retirement benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSDI Eligibility in Wyoming
To be eligible for SSDI, you must meet two main criteria:
- You must have a health problem that keeps you from working for at least a year or could cause death.
- You must have a sufficient number of work credits, which are based on your work history and the amount of Social Security taxes you paid over the years.
Qualified applicants must have a severe disability that prevents them from working for at least a year or that will result in death. Applicants must also have enough work credits, based on their age and work history. A strict evaluation of the medical condition and work history is conducted by the SSA to determine eligibility.
How the SSA Defines Disability
The SSA uses a specific definition of disability for the SSDI program. The medical condition must significantly limit the ability to work and perform basic work activities. The disability must also be expected to last at least a year or end in death. The SSA uses a guide known as the Blue Book to classify various disabilities and outline the criteria for each condition.
Work credits are earned by working and paying Social Security taxes. You can earn up to 4 credits per year. These credits determine eligibility for SSDI. Most applicants need 40 credits to qualify, however, the exact number may vary depending on age.
How to Apply for SSDI in Wyoming
Applying for SSDI in Wyoming can be done online, by phone, or at a local Social Security office. The SSA recommends applying online if possible.
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.
Required documentation includes proof of disability, medical records, work history, and personal identification. When submitting your application, include as much information as you can to show how your disability prevents you from working.
Medical evidence supporting the disability claim is essential, including records, doctors' reports, and any relevant test results. Personal information such as birth certificate and Social Security number, as well as details about your work history and the names and addresses of healthcare providers, will also be required.
What Is a Disability Advocate?
A disability advocate is a certified professional who helps Wyoming residents apply for SSDI. Advocates understand the complex rules and procedures and can guide applicants through the process.
You are not required to hire an advocate, but they can help strengthen your claim and increase the chances of approval. Advocates can be lawyers or non-legal professionals, and you only have to pay fees if you are awarded benefits.
Consulting Examination (CE)
A Consultative Examination (CE) is a medical exam that the SSA may request if more information is needed to evaluate a disability claim. There is no charge for a CE. The examination is conducted by a healthcare provider who works with the SSA. The exam helps the SSA understand how the disability affects your ability to work.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Wyoming
Supplemental Security Income is another benefits program administered by the SSA. SSI helps low-income Wyoming residents who are 65 or older, blind, or have a disability.
In addition to meeting the low-income requirements, Wyoming applicants must also 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 applicants must meet specific income and asset limitations, in addition to proving their disability, blindness, or age. The SSA examines your money and assets from wages, pensions, and other sources. You will be asked to provide bank statements, medical records, and information about your living situation.
Applying for SSI in Wyoming can be done online, by phone, or in person at a local Social Security office.
Apply for SSI Benefits Online: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/start.html
Apply By Phone: Call 1-800-772-1213
What's the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?
The main difference between these programs is the eligibility criteria. While SSDI is based on work history and contributions to the Social Security system, SSI is a needs-based program.
Note: By qualifying for SSI automatically, you are automatically eligible for additional state benefits, including Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These benefits help provide a broader support network for Wyoming residents in need.
Wyoming - Social Security Disability Office Locations
|Ste 140, 3001 E Pershing Blvd, Cheyenne, WY 82001
|9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
|Rm 1008, 150 E B St, Casper, WY 82601
|9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
|2268 N Main St, Sheridan, WY 82801
|9:00 AM - 4:00 PM