On average, about 10 million people receive SSDI benefits. In June 2013, 8.85 million people who were eligible for SSDI based on their own work history received SSDI benefits (Table 1). In addition, disabled children over age 18 and some spouses qualify for benefits, even after the worker dies--more than 2 million additional beneficiaries in 2013.1 Beneficiaries can also receive SSDI benefits concurrently with Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a means-tested program that uses the same medical eligibility criteria.2 In April 2013, 1.6 million people with disabilities under age 65 received both SSDI and SSI benefits (SSA 2013).
|TABLE 1. SSDI Benefits: Number of Beneficiaries and Costs|
|Disabled worker||8.85 million||$1,129||$120 billion|
|Minor and disabled adult children of disabled workers||1.94 million||$337||$7.85 billion|
|Spouses of disabled workers||160,000||$302||$0.58 billion|
|SOURCE: SSA Monthly Statistical Snapshot, June 2013.|