Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit from the federal government that provides monthly payments based on the amount of taxes you paid during your work history. Payments start 6 months after the date of onset of disability (no payments in the first 5 months). It generally takes 3-4 months to process the claim but it could take longer. There is no income or resource test for SSDI. Once you have been receiving SSDI checks for 24 months, you will become Medicare (not Medicaid) eligible. Click to learn more.
Last Reviewed: April 3, 2010