Supplemental Security Income: Interesting facts

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an important support for those with low or no earnings. It can mean the difference between affording a place to live or being able to get a meal.

Supplemental Security Income is unique, though, because of where it comes from and who qualifies. Here are a few interesting pieces of information about SSI.

How much is the Supplemental Security Income standard for 2019?

The SSI income is up to $771 per month for an individual or up to $1,157 for couples. The amount your receive will be based on your countable income, which varies based on a number of factors determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Where do Supplemental Security Income funds come from?

The funds are taken from the U.S. Treasury. Some states also offer supplemental SSI payments. The states that do not offer this include West Virginia, North Dakota, Arizona and Mississippi. The supplemental SSI plans offered by the state may have different eligibility requirements than SSI.

Are there any residents in U.S. territories who can receive SSI?

As of 2019, SSI isn't available to people on the U.S. Virgin Islands, those in Puerto Rico, those on the American Samoa or those located in Guam. People living on the Northern Mariana Islands are able to receive SSI benefits, but the territory doesn't have supplemental plans for those federal payments.

SSI is a great benefit for some people. If you believe that you should qualify for SSI, talk to your attorney. They can help you understand SSI and learn more about how to apply or appeal a denial.

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