SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Social Security is a federal benefits program that provides cash benefits to retired people, disabled people, and their dependents. Social security is a “pay-as-you-go” program, meaning that workers pay Social Security taxes, and these taxes are used to provide benefits to Social Security beneficiaries (retired people, disabled people, and their dependents).

For starters, there are four ways to qualify for federal Social Security benefits:

    As a retired individual;
    As a disabled individual;
    As the spouse or dependent of an eligible individual; or
    As the survivor of an eligible individual.
  1. Social Security Retirement Benefits

    1. What are Social Security retirement benefits?

    2. Am I eligible for Social Security retirement benefits?

    3. Can my criminal history limit my ability to get retirement benefits?

    4. How do I apply for retirement benefits?

    5. Can I apply for retirement benefits while incarcerated?

    6. I was receiving retirement benefits when I entered prison or jail. What happens to them while I’m incarcerated?

    7. My retirement benefits stopped while I was incarcerated. How do I restart them?

  2. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

    1. What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

    2. Am I eligible for SSDI?

    3. Can my criminal history limit my ability to get SSDI?

    4. How do I apply for SSDI?

    5. Can I apply for SSDI while incarcerated?

    6. I was receiving SSDI when I got arrested. What happens to it while I’m incarcerated?

    7. My SSDI stopped while I was incarcerated. How do I restart it?

    8. I believe my SSDI was wrongly denied or stopped. How do I appeal?

  3. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    1. Am I eligible for SSI?

    2. How SSI affects your ability to get other public benefits:

    3. Can my criminal history limit my ability to get SSI?

    4. How do I apply for SSI?

    5. Can I apply for SSI while incarcerated?

    6. I was receiving SSI when I entered prison or jail. What happens to it while I’m incarcerated?

    7. My SSI benefits stopped while I was incarcerated. How do I restart them?

    8. I believe my SSI was wrongly denied or stopped. How do I appeal?