The Social Security Administration has two programs to help disabled people. The first program is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This many times is just known as SSI. People who receive SSI are persons who have not worked enough to earn the necessary credits to receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. To receive SSI you must also show that you and your spouse have very limited income and very limited resources. If you are a child (under 18) the Social Security Administration (SSA) will also look at your parents income and resources. If you qualify for SSI, you will be eligible immediately for medicaid medical coverage.
Social Security Disability (SSDI) is a program to help people who are disabled and have worked enough to have earned enough credits to receive this benefit and it sometimes provides benefits to their spouses and children. This can also provide benefits to widows and widowers. The amount of your benefits is based on your earnings.
Proving disability under the SSI program is the same as it is for Social Security disability.