Understanding Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)

Social Security disability income (SSDI) benefits can be a financial lifeline should a debilitating illness or accident take place. This course begins with a history of the program before examining eligibility criteria the benefit approval process, and the appeals process. Students also learn how monthly benefits are determined and about various incentive programs open to those who seek to return to work. Course coverage also includes tax considerations regarding SSDI benefits, the impact of the recent economy on COLA adjustments, as well as the financial status of the program and recent steps taken to maintain its integrity.


Who Should Take This Course

  • Agents and brokers who specialize in group and individual DI insurance
  • Financial planners
  • Human resources and employee benefit specialists
  • Benefit plan sponsors and staff
  • Health underwriters
  • Claims analysts
  • Corporate trainers responsible for development of sales staff
  • Case managers, medical directors who seek more knowledge of insurance products
  • Consumers and others in related fields who seek more knowledge of the DI insurance product and market


  • $80 AHIP Members
  • $100 Non-Members

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Earn a Designation

This course is good towards earning the following professional designation:

The DIF designation is co-sponsored by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the International DI Society.