When a person starts receiving Social Security benefits, members of his/her family may also begin receiving supplementary benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. If the worker is eligible for Social Security benefits – meaning that he/she has paid taxes into the Social Security program – then the spouse and children may become eligible for dependent benefits. A disabled child who became disabled before the age of 22 may also be eligible for dependents’ benefits. Even a divorced spouse or parents may be eligible for disability benefits as part of the program.
The family member is eligible for up to 50% of the benefits that you are receiving. This can apply to each family member who is eligible for the dependents’ benefits. However, the agency will impose an upper limit on the benefits that your family receives. Typically, the benefits that your entire family receives will not exceed 180% of your benefits amount. If you have several family members who qualify, then the benefits that your family members receive will be reduced accordingly. This will not impact the benefits that you are eligible for. However, if a family member of a disabled worker is are also receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, then they may not qualify for benefits under the SSDI program.
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