Dependent Benefits for Recipients of SSDI Disability

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If one or both parents in a family qualifies for SSDI disability benefits, often the whole family can get additional benefits, known as auxiliary benefits or dependents' benefits. The family members don't have to be disabled themselves (except for children over 18). Instead, the family members collect a monthly  SSDI  benefit "based on the earnings record" of the disabled person. (This benefit is not available to family members of SSI recipients.)

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