WORKERS claiming Social Security benefits can usually get assistance from other programs, too.
However, it's common for folks to worry about how getting help from other programs may impact their Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
For those who do not receive SSI, it is a federal program providing income assistance to roughly eight million Americans.
In order to qualify, individuals must have less than $2,000 in assets, while couples may have up to $3,000.
To qualify for monthly payments, individuals must:
- Be at least age 65, blind or disabled
- Have limited income
- Are US citizens, nationals of the US, or some non-citizens
- Reside in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands
The average current monthly benefit is $585 for individuals and about 60% of recipients rely on SSI as their only source of income.
Below are other programs SSI recipients may be able to get help from, according to the Social Security Administration.
SSI recipients may be automatically eligible for Medicaid.
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In states where folks do not automatically qualify, they must apply for Medicaid with another agency.
The medicaid program is a way to get health care at a lower cost or sometimes at no cost at all depending on income.
Medicaid is managed by each state, so the eligibility requirements vary.
Medicaid typically covers children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities, and eligible low-income adults.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently provides over 41.5million people by giving families a pre-loaded electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to buy food.
For many, the benefit comes out to about $100 per month.
If you receive SSI, you may be eligible to receive SNAP assistance to purchase food.
If you apply for SSI at a Social Security office, they can provide a SNAP application.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) gives cash grants to states.
The monthly grants are worth over $1,000 to help cover bills, housing costs and child care.
TANF gives states the flexibility to determine TANF eligibility rules and to set TANF payment amounts.
According to the SSA, in a household receiving TANF, they will only pay SSI benefits only to the blind, disabled or elderly.
Medicaid for children
Medicaid provides free health coverage to most low-income children through state children's health insurance programs.
Folks may contact their local Medicaid office, social service office or welfare office for more information.
Social Security Disability Income
As long as you meet the requirements for SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – then you could qualify for both.
The average SSI average benefit is $621 per month, an increase of $34 from 2021.
The monthly maximum for SSI is $841 per month for an individual in 2022.
To qualify for Social Security disability insurance benefits, you must:
- Have worked in jobs covered by Social Security
- Have a medical condition that meets Social Security's strict definition of disability
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