Millions of SSI claimants get up to $100 extra a month as 36 states boost federal benefits – see the full list
ABOUT 8million Americans receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and for many, it's still not enough to pay for the basic necessities.
Some recipients may see a boost as states add funds to the monthly checks.
The Supplemental Security Income program provides financial support to needy persons aged 65 or older, blind or disabled adults, and blind or disabled children.
Eligibility requirements and federal payment standards are the same.
Anyone may apply for SSI, but not everyone receives the same amount.
You may get more if you live in a state that adds money to the federal SSI payment.
You may get less if you have other income such as wages, pensions, or Social Security benefits.
You may also get less if someone pays your household expenses or if you live with a spouse and he or she has income.
You must be a US citizen, nationals of the US, or some noncitizen to be eligible for SSI.
You must also live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.
The exceptions to this are children of military parent(s) assigned to permanent duty outside the US and certain students temporarily abroad may receive SSI payments outside the US.
Who provides supplemental payments?
No state supplement
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
- Northern Mariana Islands
Social Security administered supplement
In these states, Social Security administers some categories of state supplement payments, while the state administers other categories of supplemental payments.
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- Washington, DC
The following states pay and administer their own supplemental payments, in addition to the federal SSI monthly payment.
Amounts vary by state but New York offers an extra $87 a month for individuals or $104 for couples, while Alabama couples can get a $120 boost.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
SSI amounts for 2022
The monthly maximum Federal amounts are $841 for an eligible individual.
For an individual with an eligible spouse, the monthly amount is $1,261.
For an essential person, the amount is $421 a month.
Here is the Social Security payment schedule for 2022.
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