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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that pays benefits to those who become disabled before they reach the age of retirement and are unable to work.

Work Credits: In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you need to have earned a set number of work credits. Work credits are earned every year that you work and you may earn up to four credits per year. The number of work credits that you need to qualify for benefits depends on your age at the time you became disabled.

A new bill seeks to pass legislation to keep the Department of Human Resources from taking benefits from foster children. Advocates state that foster children are entitled to this money and that it should be utilized to provide that child with savings that will act as a jumping-off point when they leave the foster care system. Those who support the bill state that the funds from the child's benefits and property should be used for that individual child. They claim that taking these benefits is a roundabout way in which the state intends to create savings for the state's general fund.

1) Disability Insurance Benefits: These are benefits payable to individuals who are disabled to work and are insured, generally meaning, those who have worked and paid FICA taxes for 5 out of the last 10 years. In order to be considered disabled, one must be unable to perform substantial, gainful activity. This means that the person is not able to work and make money.