What Is Social Security Disability Payment Based Upon?


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Social Security disability payments are based upon countable income and the Social Security federal benefit rate. The Social Security Administration subtracts a person's countable income from the Social Security federal benefit rate, and the result is his monthly benefit amount, as stated by SSA.gov.

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To receive Social Security disability payments, one must have worked long enough (based on age) and must have a medical condition that has prevented him from working for a minimum of a year, or he must have a condition that he is expected to die from. There are also programs that give monetary benefits to those who are partially disabled or who are disabled for a short period of time; these programs are not funded by Social Security, according to SSA.gov.

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