Which States Pay Supplemental Benefits to People On SSI Disability?

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No matter where you live, federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits max out at $783/month. As a result, several states pay supplemental benefits to anyone getting federal SSI payments. Learn which states provide supplemental benefits (including dollar amounts, if they’re available) below. We’ll also list other common financial aid resources available to you once you qualify for SSI.

Which States Automatically Add Supplemental Benefits To Your Federal SSI Payment?

In some cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA) combines federal SSI payments with state supplemental benefits. Here are the max payment amounts for states that provide supplemental benefits directly through the SSA:

  • California (individuals: $943.72/month; couples: $1,582.14/month)
  • Delaware (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • Hawaii (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • Iowa (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • Michigan (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • Montana (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • Nevada (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • New Jersey (individuals: $814.25/month; couples: $1,200.36/month)
  • Pennsylvania (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • District of Columbia (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • Rhode Island (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)
  • Vermont (individuals: $835.04/month; couples: $1,273.88/month)
  • Washington, D.C. (individuals: $783/month; couples: $1,175/month)

You’ll note that the maximum SSI benefit in 2020 is $783. In the above states, anyone whose federal SSI payment is below $783 gets paid supplemental benefits to close that gap.

These combined benefit amounts are for disabled SSI recipients aged 18-64 living independently in the states shown above. For blind recipients and those aged 65 and up, check the SSA’s website. If you qualify for supplemental benefits, the SSA direct-deposits both payments at once.

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

Some states provide supplemental benefits for residents getting federal SSI payments. However, they don’t automatically combine your payments, so you’ll need to file extra paperwork:

What States Offer No Supplemental Benefits to Federal SSI Payments?

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

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

If you live in one of these states, you may still qualify for other federal or state-run programs. We’ve listed the most common financial aid programs you may qualify for below.

Other Federal Financial Aid Services Unrelated to SSI Payments

State-Run Healthcare Assistance Programs

All states provide some type of healthcare assistance for disabled residents. In most cases, you’ll automatically qualify for Medicaid if you’re getting monthly SSI payments. For those still waiting on claim approvals, 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 stretch your monthly grocery budget. However, the SSA doesn’t manage a federal SNAP program. So, monthly SSI payments won’t automatically provide access to SNAP. Every state has its own SNAP eligibility requirements and application process. To apply for SNAP benefits, follow these steps:

  1. Find your state’s SNAP application form and nearest office location
  2. Fill out your application return it to your local office in person
  3. Call your state’s toll-free SNAP hotline if you still have any questions

Medicaid and SNAP are the most common supplemental benefits for SSI beneficiaries. However, many states also run programs that provide other supplemental benefits. Some pay cash benefits, while other provide free services to disabled people on SSI. These state-run programs often 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

No matter where you live, you can always call 211 and ask for help. The 211 operators can connect you with local charities, non-profits, churches, synagogues, volunteer groups and food pantries. Just explain your current situation, then ask if any supplemental benefits are available to help you out. These groups provide everything from free rides to the doctor to housecleaning services and help paying your rent, heating and cooling bills. Don’t feel bad asking for help; these services exist to help community members in need!

You May Qualify for Legal Assistance

For more information on supplemental benefits or disability claim help, talk to a lawyer. You’ll pay nothing now to get legal assistance with your claim. It’s the best way to ensure you get the most benefits you deserve paid faster. Plus, legal assistance makes you 2x more likely to get approved for disability benefits the first time you apply!

Believe it or not, the SSA often denies claims from eligible applicants over basic paperwork errors. (Yes, even accidental ones!) An attorney can ensure your application’s error-free, or handle your appeal if your claim’s already been denied. All disability lawyers work on contingency, so you’ll owe $0 in fees unless your case wins. And if you do win, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee. It’s federal law!

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