WHAT IS THE SEQUENTIAL EVALUATION IN GETING MY
DISABILITY CASH BENEFITS FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION?
Social Security Retirement Survivors Disability Insurance (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are both government cash benefit programs that are paid to persons when they become disabled.
SSD pays benefits to persons who’s wage or self-employment income were paid in accordance with the Federal Insurance Compensation Act (FICA). In other words, money was taken out of their income to pay for their social security retirement benefits.
SSI will also pay cash benefits to persons if they become disabled, but their income and assets must fall below government set standards.
I. WORK ACTIVITY
A. ARE YOU WORKING?
If the person is working and making more than $ 1,220.00 per month, they will not qualify for any benefits.
If the person is not working, are the able to work?
B. SUBTANTIAL WORK ACTIVITY FOR EMPLOYEES
20 CFR 404.1574
The term “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) means doing significant and productive physical or mental duties which is done or intended for profit.
a. It does not have to be full time;
c. Only earned income is counted.
d. If a person’s paycheck is subsidized,
that is not counted.
e. Examples of subsidized wages include:
1. Sheltered workshops;
2. Government assistance;
3. Veteran’s benefits;
4. Workers’ compensation wage loss
5. Work performed in a family business
2. GAINFUL: Work activity done for pay or profit,
whether or not a profit is realized.
a. Performance of mental and physical
b. They are executed in an actual work environment. c. They are useful in accomplishing the requirements
of the job or operation of a business.
d. They have economic value.
e. Endeavors that are not considered activity for the
evaluation process include:
2. household chores;
5. unpaid training;
6. School attendance;
7. clubs; or
8. social programs.