Many people who collect Social Security program benefits like SSI may find that they’re eligible for additional benefits as well.
Sometimes Americans are automatically enrolled.
While this is good for some, others worry about the impact it might have on their SSI benefits.
Qualifications for SSI benefits
You cannot have over $2,000 in assets individually, or $3,000 as a couple in order to qualify for benefits.
Applicants need to have a limited income and be 65, blind, and/or disabled.
Those benefitting must be a U.S. citizen, national, and some non-citizens may qualify.
You must live in one of the states, Washington D.C., or the Northern Mariana Islands.
Average monthly benefits are around $585.
Other programs you could qualify for
Some SSI recipients may qualify for Medicaid.
Some states you will automatically qualify, while in others you must apply.
Medicaid covers children, pregnant women, elderly adults, disabled individuals, and some low income adults.
You may also qualify for food stamps.
The most a single person would see is $250 per month.
Many families receiving SSI could also qualify for TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
This gives families assistance for things like bills or childcare.
SSDI is another benefit under the Social Security Administration SSI recipients might qualify for.
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