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How can life changes impact Supplemental Security Income?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2015 | Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

There are people of all ages who receive Supplemental Security Income. One of the requirements to receive SSI benefits is to meet an income threshold – if a person earns more than the income threshold, they won’t receive SSI benefits. This is different from Social Security Disability, which can be awarded to a person regardless of their collective wealth, as long as the person has a disability that will keep them from working for a year or longer.

There are other life changes that may play a role in a person’s ability to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits. For instance, a recent news article addressed what a person should do if they move to a new address. For starters, the new address should be reported to the Social Security Administration. Why is that? Well, many people will receive written communications from the SSA during the time that they receive SSI benefits. It is important that the SSA has the correct and up-to-date contact information for people who receive SSI benefits.

The news article also addressed another big life event: marriage. When a person who is receiving SSI benefits gets married, that information needs to be communicated to the Social Security Administration. Why? Because the marriage could impact the amount of SSI benefits the person receives. This comes back to the financial threshold – the income and resources of the person’s new spouse may lead to a change in the amount of SSI benefits. And, if both the people who have gotten married are receiving SSI benefits, the benefits will change from individual benefits to couple’s benefits.

There can be a lot of nuances when it comes to Supplemental Security Income. Any Los Angeles resident who is thinking about applying for Supplemental Security Income may want to get more information about the requirements.

Source: The Fresno Bee, “Social Security Q&A: How to report address change for SSI benefits,” May 4, 2015

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