How Other Public Benefits May Affect Your SSDI Payments

Parmele Law FirmSocial Security

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), you should be aware of how other public benefits can affect your disability payments.

Other Private Benefits Will Not Affect Your Disability Payments.

First, it is important to know that not all other disability payments you may receive will impact your SSDI payments.

For example, disability payments that you may receive from private sources—like private pensions or insurance benefits—will not affect your SSDI payments.

Certain Other Public Benefits.

Likewise, there are certain other public benefits that you may receive that will not affect your SSDI.

If you are receiving SSDI payments and one of the following other public disability benefits, your SSDI payments will not be affected:

Social Security disability benefits, and one of the following types of public benefits, your Social Security benefit will not be reduced:

  • Veterans Administration benefits;
  • State and local government benefits, if Social Security taxes were deducted from your earnings; or
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

 Other Public Benefits That Will Affect Your SSDI.

However, if you are receiving SSDI and any one of these other public benefits, your SSDI benefits will be reduced:

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Any other public disability benefit paid by a federal, state, or local government for non job-related disabling medical conditions. Examples are: civil service disability benefits, state temporary disability benefits, and state or local government retirement benefits that are based on disability.

If you receive workers’ compensation or other public disability benefits, AND you are also receiving SSDI payments, your SSDI may be reduced if the amount of money you are getting exceeds 80% of your average current earnings before you became disabled.

If You Have Questions, Call Us.

   If you have questions about your disability benefits or have been denied benefits, call us. We handle only social security disability cases. We have offices in Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Jefferson and other cities in Missouri, and we have offices in Kansas, Illinois and even in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We offer free consultations and we do not get paid unless you win your case. Connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn, or  contact us today to set up your free appointment.