Disability, SSI

Commemorating World AIDS Day

December 3, 2018 • By

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" "Each year on December 1st, we commemorate World AIDS Day. It is an opportunity to demonstrate our unity in the fight against HIV. Social Security is there throughout life’s journey. When disability strikes, we’re there providing you with benefits, tools, and information to support you when you need it most.

If you have HIV/AIDS and cannot work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits as long as you meet our disability requirements. We pay disability benefits to people who can’t work because of a medical condition that’s expected to last at least a year or end in death. Your medical condition must also be serious enough to prevent you from doing substantial gainful work.

We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The SSDI program provides benefits to disabled or blind people who worked and contributed to the Social Security trust fund as required by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. Our other program, SSI, is a means-tested program that provides assistance payments to people who are aged, blind, or disabled and who have limited income and resources. SSI benefit payments do not come from the Social Security trust fund. Read our publications, Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income to learn more about our disability programs.

If you are disabled, but would like to try to return to work, our Ticket to Work Program is designed to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for work, find a job, and maintain success while you are working. Social Security also offers work incentives to help people with disabilities work and receive cash benefits and/or maintain medical benefits. For more information, please visit the Choosework website.

Our publication Social Security for People Living with HIV/AIDS explains in detail how our benefits work, how you can qualify, what you need to apply, and how our claims process works. The most important thing is, if you think you qualify for benefits, don’t wait, apply today.

We’ve come a long way since the first World AIDS Day on December 1, 1988. Until a cure is found, awareness and education are key. Please share this blog to help us spread the word about these vital services to someone who may need them.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


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    Thank you for sharing the information

  2. Jerri M.

    I am totally confused, I was awoken by my (husband) on one of his just crazy behaviors that he has been doing now for 3yrs now but this year he is on a mission to get his big global globes so yeah he has kicked the yr off on top of the world. I have been on SS benefits since late 1980s. But I was draining off my dad until we married in 94, then I got SSI and I not once had any problems, but 2011 I was brutally attacked in my apartment, and my husband and myself Michelle was separated. Well do to that I was diagnosed with TBI, CPSTD AND HIGH ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, I also before received for mental illness. Well my husband day before Valentine’s day I woke up and still wasn’t feeling good and he stomped out yelling about IDK what. And came back in and then there was a banging on my back door and I happened to tell him please I don’t feel like seeing or talking to anyone. And guess who it was, the police officer and I came out of bathroom and he was yelling about crazy stuff and he was yelling and yelling loudly. And the banging once again, my husband told me to go to door it was for me, and I was arrested and I couldn’t say anything and my husband was trying to keep me from coming in to get shoes and my therapy dog(4sisters)& their momma was going crazy. I didn’t know or understand what was going on and I was informed that my husband wasn’t going to get me out and so I got out March 2,2019. And when I did I received a couple of letters from SSA office and I am trying to find out why I my benefits stopped. Please HELP and my cell phone I found out has been messed with and I have had a detective and couple of city police officers contact me. About .y electric bill and once again me and my therapy girl’s without electricity for 3rd ye. And their momma died oall of sudden but their still alive but not looking like he is doing good.

  3. Mark H.

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  5. Sandra S.

    I have been diagnois with hiv postive and full blown aids and learning disorder mar 23 2006

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Sandra. We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked long enough and recently enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually within the last 10 years). The (SSI) program is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. If you think you may be eligible to receive disability benefits and would like to apply, you can use our online application.

      Applying online for disability benefits offers several advantages:
      • You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment.
      • You can apply from the convenience of your home, or on any computer; and
      • You can avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money.

      If you are unable to file online, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to make an appointment. For more information visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. Thanks!

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  8. chadnan s.

    Happy holidays everyone who believe life is journey start in the beginning and the end.that’s could be victory.

  9. Shelly S.

    Thank you for commemorating World Aids Day and being there for so many disabled who can live with dignity and hope/

    • Ray F.

      Thank you, Shelly! Your thoughts are important to us and we’re pleased when feedback is positive. We try hard to provide the best possible service to our customers and your satisfaction is our reward.

  10. Lesly F.

    Happy holidays everyone who believe life is journey start in the beginning and the end.that’s could be victory.

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