Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income
Benefits are United States/federal government programs that provides protection
to those who meet the requirements of the Social Security Act.  These federal government
programs provide benefits throughout the United States.  Many States have their own separate systems
that provide various forms of disability benefits. Unfortunately, Arizona has done away
with its general assistance program.  But, information regarding assistance available in Arizona
can be found at the following link:  https://des.az.gov/blocks/do-you-need-help .
Arizona Benefits for State Employees
If you are an employee of the State of Arizona, you may qualify for short term and long term
disability payments.  The State also provides workers’ compensation protection for its employees.
The federal Social Security Disability Insurance Benefit and Supplemental Security Income Benefit
programs may also be available for State employees.  To qualify for these latter programs
the individual must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (in 2018, earning $1180
per month or work full time) for 12 months or longer.
Long Term Coverage
As noted above, Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and/or Supplemental Security
Income Benefits (SSI) are available to those who meet the other requirements of the law and
are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity for 12 months or more.  SSI requires that
you have low income and assets of little value. The specific amount  varies, based
on the number of children you have and several other factors. Your income or resources may
disqualify you for such benefits.
Proof of Payments
In order to claim your Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, you must have insured
status, which means that you have paid into the system over enough years.  There are
several variables at play here.  The Social Security Administration can tell you if you have
insured status.
Assistance You Can Count On
No matter the kind of medical condition you have, whether as a result of an injury or illness,
you may have protection under the law.  At Schiffman Law, we can help you understand
your rights.