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SSI: 36 states will increase payments up to $120

There are 8 million Americans who saw SSI benefit checks this week worth up to $841.

social security card with cash and a check representing SSI benefits

While these payments help, they’re not often enough to live on.

The most recent SSI checks went out on March 1.


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SSI explained

This benefit helps those in financial need who are 65 or older, or blind or disabled adults and children.

Anyone has the right to apply for benefits, but what you get may be different than what someone else gets.

Some states add money to your benefit on a state level in addition to your federal payments.

Other wages and benefits can lower your payment amount.

Your payment can also drop if you live with someone who pays for living expenses.

To qualify you need to be a U.S. citizen, national, or noncitizen in one of the 50 states.

Children who qualify and are stationed with military parents outside of the country can qualify.

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Which states give extra SSI payments?

These states offer a Social Security supplement

  • California
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington, DC

SSI: 36 states will increase benefits by as much as $120

These states offer a state administered supplement

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

These states do not offer additional supplemental income with SSI

  • Arizona
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Northern Mariana Islands

How much are SSI payments?

In 2022 anyone collecting SSI benefitted from the 5.9% COLA increase.

The maximum an individual can receive is $841.

The maximum a married couple can receive is $1,261.

If you live with someone who pays your expenses, the most you may see is $421.

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