Residents of Wyoming who are unable to work due to a disability, and who expect to be unable to work for at least twelve months, can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), two disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The application process is the same in every state. The disability determination process, however, is somewhat different in Wyoming than in other states.
After you apply for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability benefits through your local Social Security office, Disability Determination Services (DDS), a Wyoming state agency, decides whether you are disabled. DDS is located in Cheyenne:
Disability Determination Service Center
821 West Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
If you are approved for SSI, your payment will depend on a number of factors. If you are single, you don't work, and you are fully responsible for your living expenses, your federal SSI check will be $710. If you are married to another SSI recipient and you pay for all living expenses, you will each receive $533.
In addition, you are eligible for a small supplement from the State of Wyoming.
If you are living independently and paying for your full living costs, you are eligible for a Wyoming state supplement of $25. If you and your spouse are both eligible for SSI, you'll receive a supplement of $55 (total). If you are living in someone else's household, your state supplement will be $27 ($61 for a couple).
The state supplement is administered by the Wyoming Department of Family Services, Economic Assistance Division. You can visit the agency's website at http://dfsweb.wyo.gov/ or call (307) 777-5846 for more information.
If you qualify for SSDI, after you have been receiving SSDI benefits for two years, you will be eligible for federal Medicare. You can apply for Wyoming's Medicaid program in the meantime.
If you are found eligible for SSI, you will automatically be eligible for Wyoming's Medicaid program.
If you were injured on the job and your employer carries worker’s comp, you could receive temporary and permanent disability benefits under that coverage. While the state of Wyoming only requires employers that are involved in "extra-hazardous" activities to carry worker’s compensation insurance, most occupations other than office work are included in this definition. Plus, worker's comp insurance is optional for all other employers, and many choose to carry it.
Disability benefits are often denied on the first attempt, but a disability attorney can help you appeal the denial, all the way to federal court if necessary. To find an attorney in your area to talk to, fill out our request for consultation with a disability attorney.