Wisconsin Disability Determination Bureau

The Wisconsin Disability Determination Bureau (DDB) is responsible for making the medical decision for Wisconsin residents applying for Social Security Administration's (SSA) various disability benefit programs as well as several benefit programs offered by the State of Wisconsin. The Bureau operates through the Department of Health Services Division of Medicaid Services.

Programs You May Be Eligible For:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Social Security Disability programs include monetary and medical benefits for people who are found to be disabled. There are several benefit programs offered through Social Security. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are available for persons who have worked and gained coverage by contributing to the Social Security Trust Fund through taxes on their earnings. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available for persons who may not have earned coverage through work, but have limited income and resources. Disability benefits are also available to widows, widowers, and children of deceased workers and to children of workers who are currently receiving some type of Social Security benefit.
  • Medicaid (Medical Assistance) provides healthcare benefits for people who meet the programs' financial and medical requirements for disability. If you are found disabled and eligible for SSI benefits by SSA you will automatically receive Medicaid coverage. However if you are not eligible for SSI benefits, or are seeking only healthcare coverage you can apply for Medicaid disability coverage directly through the State of Wisconsin.
  • Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP) offers people with disabilities who are working, or interested in work, the opportunity to buy Medicaid coverage.
  • Katie Beckett Program provides healthcare benefits to children from birth through age 18 who have long-term disabilities or complex medical needs.
Last Revised: December 19, 2018