The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program continues to distribute benefits to those qualifying individuals in Washington State. It provides financial aid to eligible individuals over the age of 65, who have sight impairements or disabilities.
During 2023, the federal maximum SSI payment is $914 for eligible individuals, and $1,371 for couples applying together, as well as $458 for essential individuals. However, the actual amount each recipient receives can vary depending on how they file for the benefits and what their particular situations are. In Washington State, the state-funded supplement to the SSI is the State Supplementary Payment (SSP), according to dshs.wa.gov.
You will get two SSDI payments in September 2023
To be eligible for SSI, you must first have limited income and resources. This means that your income and assets must not exceed certain limits set by the Social Security Administration. In addition, SSI is designed to provide support to low-income people, so it is necessary to meet the financial requirements.
In addition to the financial aspects, SSI is intended for people who have disabilities, blindness or are over the age of 65. If you have a physical or mental disability that prevents you from working, or you have very limited vision, you may be eligible for SSI. Similarly, if you are over the age of 65 and meet the other criteria, you can submit an application to receive the benefits.
For the month of September 2023, and following the SSA calendar, beneficiaries will receive their payments starting from day 1. This is the first of two deposits that the beneficiaries will receive, since the October payment will be advanced by September 29. This is due to an adjustment in the SSA schedule.
What’s the difference between SSI and SSDI?
SSI and SSDI are two distinct programs, each designed to provide financial assistance to disabled individuals. SSDI is available to individuals who have worked and paid Social Security taxes for a sufficient number of years, thereby earning work credits. In contrast, SSI benefits are not based on work history but are needs-based and intended for disabled individuals with limited income and resources. Eligibility for SSI is determined based on financial need and disability status, regardless of whether the applicant has ever worked or paid into Social Security.
SSDI benefits are typically higher than SSI benefits because they are based on the recipient’s work history and past earnings. The amount of SSDI payment is determined by the average lifetime earnings of the individual before becoming disabled. Au contraire, the SSI benefits are set at a federal minimum level, and some states may supplement this amount with additional funds. In both cases, beneficiaries will get access to Medicaid, but just the SSDI offer the Medicare benefits after a waiting period, generally two years from the date they are approved.