If you aren't as familiar with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicare or Medicaid as you want to be, we recommend you check out the Social Security benefits listed in the Redbook link below.
Knowledge = Opportunity!
Don't forget that the Social Security PASS plan is a work incentive that can assist you with your education goals.
NOW That IS A WORK Incentive!
Sometimes Medicaid gets mixed up with Medicare.
The federal government and Social Security administers Medicare and you will have a red, white, and blue card. You always have the same one and the rules are the same in every state.
SSI is a federally funded, needs based program that provides a cash benefit to individuals with limited income and resources. It is administered by the Social Security Administration.
Please find the state you live in below:
In 1634 States, SSA may enter an agreement to make Medicaid eligibility determinations for the state if the individual is eligible for SSI. In these states an application for SSI is also an application for Medicaid. 1634 states are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The 209(b) States use at least one eligibility criterion more restrictive than the SSI program. These states must provide for deducting incurred medical expense from income through Medicaid Spend-down programs, so that individuals may reduce their income to the income eligibility level.
The 209(b) states are: Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia.
In SSI Criteria States, the state makes their own Medicaid determination for SSI recipients. SSI Criteria States are: Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, and Utah.
The maximum SSI benefit from the federal government is $733/month for most states, but some states do supplement this SSI benefit amount. Medicaid is for those with disabilities who have little income and resources. You can have both SSI and SSDI, in that case, Medicaid would pay your Medicare premium for you.
We hope you will register and fill out our questionnaire. We have more than just Social Security links available, we offer many additional links to grants, financial aid for people with disabilities, and resources for working and much more!