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2021 Benefits Information

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  Individual  Couple
Federal Benefit Rate $794/month $1,191/month
Resource Limits $2,000 $3,000

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

Non-Blind Blind
$1,310/month $2,190/month

Work Incentives

Trial Work Period Minimum earnings before a month will count as trial work month for SSDI beneficiaries: $940/month

Social Security Credits

Earnings to Qualify for Credits Credits needed for Disability Benefits*

$1,470 / one quarter of coverage (QC), (i.e., "credit")

Up to a max of $5,880 / four credits

  • If you become disabled before age 24, you generally need 1½ years of work (six credits) in the three years before you became disabled.
  • If you are 24 through 30, you generally need credits for half of the time between age 21 and the time you became disabled.
  • If you are disabled at age 31 or older, you generally need at least 20 credits in the 10 years immediately before you became disabled.

*How many credits you need for disability benefits depends on how old you are when you become disabled.

Medicare Costs

  Part A Part B Part C
Premium Up to $471/month
Most people don’t pay a premium because of Medicare-covered employment.
 
$148.50/month if 2019 annual income is $88,000 (individuals)/$176,000 (joint filers) or less. Base premium (depending on plan) plus an income-related monthly adjustment ranging from $12.20 - $76.40/month if 2019 annual income is above $88,000 (individuals)/ $176,000 (joint filers) 
Deductible Hospital inpatient: $1,484 for each benefit period plus additional daily co-insurance for hospital stays longer than 60 days $203/year then 20% co-insurance of Medicare approved amount for most doctor services, outpatient therapy, and durable medical equipment Varies depending on plan, but not more than $445/year

Medicare Savings Programs - Income and Resource Limits

  QMB
Qualified Medicare
Beneficiary
SLMB
Specified Low-Income
Medicare Beneficiary

QI
Qualifying Individual

 

QDWI
Qualified Disabled and
Working Individual
Income Limits Individual: $1,094
Couple: $1,472
Individual: $1,308
Couple: $1,762
Individual: $1,469
Couple: $1,980
Individual: $4,379
Couple: $5,892
Resource Limits
  • Income limits differ for Alaska and Hawaii.
  • The resource limits are the same for QMB, SLMB, and QI: $7,860 for an individual and $11,800 for a couple.
  • The resource limits for QDWI are $4,000 for an individual and $6,000 for a couple. In addition, there is an allowance of $1,500 for a burial fund.

1619(b) Threshold Amounts for Disabled SSI Beneficiaries

State Threshold State Threshold

Alabama

 $31,451

Montana

 $35,748

Alaska

 $80,171

Nebraska

 $44,627

Arizona

 $41,015

Nevada

 $35,227

Arkansas

 $38,487

New Hampshire

 $42,333

California

 $47,395

New Jersey

 $52,110

Colorado

 $49,441 

New Mexico

 $42,260

Connecticut

 $53,709

New York

 $54,611

Delaware

 $42,875

North Carolina

 $37,852

District of Columbia (DC) 

 $51,269

North Dakota

 $74,401

Florida

 $32,642

Ohio

 $36,985

Georgia

 $30,848

Oklahoma

 $37,439

Hawaii

 $42,473

Oregon

 $43,116

Idaho

 $40,772

Pennsylvania

 $46,458

Illinois

 $38,350

Rhode Island

 $36,440

Indiana

 $32,397

South Carolina

 $33,394

Iowa

 $43,741

South Dakota

 $40,540

Kansas

 $43,709

Tennessee

 $34,200

Kentucky

 $32,062

Texas

 $47,676

Louisiana

 $32,162

Utah

 $48,770

Maine

 $41,755

Vermont

 $33,775

Maryland

 $44,729

Virginia

 $41,399

Massachusetts

 $43,001

Washington

 $41,112

Michigan

 $36,324

West Virginia

 $34,059

Minnesota

 $69,070

Wisconsin

 $45,027

Mississippi

 $32,935

Wyoming

 $43,359

Missouri

 $44,320

No. Mariana Isl.

 $27,552

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