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Disability Assistance (SSI/SSDI): readability
==Disability Assistance (SSI/SSDI)==
The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs two federal disability benefit programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).[] SSI and SSDI are both programs for disabled people. SSI is "means-tested," which means a person must be low on both income and resources in order to qualify. SSDI, on the other handthough, is available to anyone who has worked (or whose parents/spouse have worked) for a certain number of years and paid into the federal insurance fund known as FICA. There is no income requirement for SSDI.[] People on SSI receive medical coverage under Medicaid, which is funded by both the federal and state governments. People on SSDI are covered by Medicare, which is a part of the federal Social Security program.[]
===Congressional District Breakdowns===
*Click [ here] to see fact sheets on the number of SSI recipients in each congressional district.
*Click [ here] to see an interactive tool for finding out how the disability rate has changed in your county.
*Disability benefit rates have risen in the US, especially in rural areas[], but this is almost entirely due to mostly from changes in the nation's population: **there are more women in the workforce, **baby boomers are becoming older and more disabled, and **there are simply more people in the country.[][]
*Growth in disability claims has slowed to its lowest rate in decades, and will continue to slow as Baby Boomers retire.[][]
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