Wisconsin residents who are no longer able to work may be interested in learning more about long-term disability benefits. The law provides for two types of disability benefits, both of which are administered through the Social Security Administration. Social Security Disability Insurance is a benefit available to workers that contributed to Social Security and who become unable to work for an extended period of time. The other benefit is Supplemental Security Income, which is a need-based program. Injured workers must meet eligibility requirements to receive SSI.
In addition to disabled workers, surviving disabled spouses may be eligible for benefits if the deceased spouse worked and paid into the system long enough to be eligible. Individuals who became disabled and unable to work before their 22nd birthdays may also be entitled to long-term disability benefits if they have a deceased or disabled parent or a retired parent who worked long enough to be eligible. Any person who receives SSI is also eligible for health care through Medicaid.