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SOCIAL SECURITY: New SSI rule will lower eligibility requirements, increase payment amounts

The Social Security Administration unveiled a final rule today titled “Omitting Food from In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Calculations,” marking the initial step in a series of revisions to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) regulations aimed at aiding both current recipients and applicants.

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Commissioner of Social Security, Martin O’Malley, emphasized the importance of streamlining policies to facilitate access to essential benefits, stating, “Simplifying our policies is a common-sense solution that reduces the burden on the public and agency staff and helps promote equity by removing barriers to accessing payments.”

The new rule will have significant implications for Americans receiving benefits, particularly those reliant on Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Starting from September 30, 2024, individuals receiving SSI will no longer have food counted as part of their In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) calculations. This means that informal food assistance from friends, family, or community networks will no longer affect their eligibility for SSI or reduce their payment amounts.

This change is expected to make it easier for SSI recipients to qualify for benefits and receive the full amount they are entitled to. By removing food from ISM calculations, the rule reduces the administrative burden on both applicants and recipients. They will have less information to report about food assistance received, resulting in smoother processes for all involved parties.

Additionally, the removal of food from ISM calculations is anticipated to lead to more consistent payment amounts from month to month, thereby improving payment accuracy. This stability in payments can provide recipients with greater financial security and predictability in meeting their basic needs.

Overall, the new rule appears to be a positive step forward in simplifying SSI policies and ensuring equitable access to essential benefits for Americans limited income and resources.

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