Supplemental Security Income Beneficiaries

In most states, if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may be automatically eligible for Medicaid. The SSI application is also an application for Medicaid.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a need-based benefit program that is administered by Social Security. Eligibility for SSI is dependent upon the financial resources of the applicant. SSI disability claimants must go through the same disability medical determination process as individuals who file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) disability. In that sense, there is no difference between SSDI and SSI.

You may be eligible to receive SSI in addition to monthly Social Security benefits, if your Social Security benefit is low enough to qualify. The amount of your SSI benefit depends on where you live. However, many states add money to the basic check. Generally, the more income you have, the less your SSI benefit will be. If your calculable income is over the allowable limit, you cannot receive SSI benefits. If your application for SSI is approved, you usually can get Medicare automatically. A separate Medicaid application is not necessary.

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