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==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).[https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/eng/overview-disability.htm] 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.[https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/eng/overview-disability.htm] 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.[https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/eng/overview-disability.htm]
===Congressional District Breakdowns===
*Click [https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/factsheets/cong_stats/2015ee/index.html here] to see fact sheets on the number of SSI recipients in each congressional district.
*Click [https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/disabled-america/?utm_term=.66b2e24dcb0d here] to see an interactive tool for finding out how the disability rate has changed in your county.
===Demographics===
*Disability benefit rates have risen in the US, especially in rural areas[https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/disabled-or-just-desperate-rural-americans-turn-to-disability-as-jobs-dry-up/2017/03/30/5d1fca94-0509-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.a1344d831c2a#comments], 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.[https://talkpoverty.org/2017/03/31/washington-post-missed-disability/][https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v73n4/v73n4p25.pdf]
*Growth in disability claims has slowed to its lowest rate in decades, and will continue to slow as Baby Boomers retire.[https://talkpoverty.org/2017/03/31/washington-post-missed-disability/][http://www.cbpp.org/research/social-security/chart-book-social-security-disability-insurance?fa=view&id=4169#Section_two]
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