Which States Offer Supplemental Security Income Benefits?

supplemental benefits to federal SSI payments

No matter where you live, it’s hard to make ends meet on federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits alone. But if your state has a relatively high cost of living, getting by on just $771/month seems nearly impossible. As a result, several states offer supplemental benefits to anyone receiving federal SSI payments. Learn which states provide supplemental benefits in addition to federal SSI payments as well as other financial assistance options below.



Which States Supplement Federal SSI Payments Directly Through the SSA?

In some cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA) administers federal SSI payments and state supplemental benefits to residents who qualify. The following states offer supplemental benefits in addition to federal SSI payments:

  • California (individuals: $895.72/month; couples: $1,510.14/month)
  • Delaware (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,125/month)
  • Hawaii (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,125/month)
  • Iowa (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,125/month)
  • Michigan (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,124/month)
  • Montana (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,125/month)
  • Nevada (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,125/month)
  • New Jersey (individuals: $766.25/month; couples: $1,128.36/month)
  • Pennsylvania (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,125/month)
  • District of Columbia (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,125/month)
  • Rhode Island (individuals: $750/month; couples: $1,125/month)
  • Vermont (individuals: $787.04/month; couples: $1,201.88/month)

We’ve listed the maximum combined SSI payments you may receive while living independently next to each state that’s listed above. These maximum payments apply to disabled SSI recipients; for blind and elderly individuals, check the SSA’s website. If you qualify for supplemental benefits, you’ll get one check that combines your federal SSI and state supplementary payment.

States That Offer SSI Supplemental Benefits or Other Financial Assistance Programs for Residents

The following states provide supplemental benefits for residents receiving federal SSI payments:

What States Offer No Supplemental Benefits to Federal SSI Payments?

Only five states currently offer no supplemental benefits to federal SSI payments:

  • Arizona
  • Mississippi
  • Oregon
  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia

If you live in one of these states, you may qualify for the federal or state-run financial assistance programs below.

Other Federal Financial Aid Services Unrelated to SSI Payments

State-Run Healthcare Assistance Programs

All states provide some type of healthcare assistance for residents who need medical treatment. And in most states, if you’re getting monthly SSI payments, you automatically qualify for Medicaid coverage, too. For those still waiting for a determination decision from the SSA, visit your local Disability Determination Services (DDS) office. You can also talk to a disability advocate or Social Security attorney in our network for free about your options.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits

While most people call it “food stamps,” SNAP can help you stretch your monthly grocery budget without spending more money. However, the SSA doesn’t manage a federal SNAP program — so you can’t automatically qualify if you receive monthly SSI payments. Every state has its own SNAP eligibility requirements and application process in place to help local residents. To apply for SNAP benefits:

  1. Find your state’s SNAP application form and nearest office location
  2. Return your completed application in person at your local office
  3. Call your state’s toll-free SNAP hotline number if you have additional questions

While Medicaid and SNAP are the most common supplemental benefits to SSI payments, many states also have financial aid programs. Other state-run assistance programs you may qualify for include:

  • Consumer protection services
  • Educational training and employment assistance
  • Homemaker services
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Housing services
  • Information and referral services
  • Money management services
  • Special assistance for drug abusers
  • Special assistance for the blind and disabled
  • Transportation

You May Qualify for Legal Assistance

For more information on supplemental benefits or help applying for SSI, talk to a disability advocate first. You will pay nothing now to get a disability advocate’s help filing your claim. It’s the best way to ensure you get the most benefits you’re rightfully owed from the SSA.

Believe it or not, the SSA often denies claims from eligible applicants due to basic paperwork errors (yes, even accidental ones). We can help you find an experienced nearby disability advocate who handles cases like yours all the time.

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