Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are the disability programs managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). While there are many differences between SSDI and SSI, three of the biggest differences are explained below.
President Obama's $4 trillion budget blue print for fiscal 2016 has garnered a lot of attention for its proposals for raising caps to bolster spending for defense and domestic programs largely geared to the middle class.
However, tucked away in the massive budget document is a series of proposals for salvaging a program critically important to the middle class - the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund that experts warn is fast running out of money.
Social Security Disability provides compensation to people incapable of working, if they meet certain requirements. In opposition, workers' compensation involves a work-related injury that renders the injured employee disabled in some way. The requirements for each program differ, but one major distinction is that to receive workers' compensation, an individual's disability must result from a work-related injury or from an occupational disease. Social Security Disability, on the other hand, provides compensation to people incapable of working, regardless of if they were injured on the job.