SSI flipped to SSDI at later age when more work credits needed or same 20 needed for SSDI when ruled disabled for SSI purposes?
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I agree with Mr. Maitland. Credits expire for purposes of SSDI and the number of credits you require is higher the older you get. This link explains further: https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/retirement/planner/credits.html
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You need to contact SSA to determine how many credits you have earned (800-772-1213). These are based on your earnings throughout your work history. Chances are you won’t haven’t worked enough recently to qualify for SSDI benefits. You generally need 20 credits in the 10 years prior to becoming disabled (5 years worth of working/credit earning).