What happens when you get married on SSI?
If you and your spouse both get SSI, your benefit amount will change from an individual rate to a couple’s rate.
Does spouse income affect SSI?
Yes. Your spouse’s income could affect your eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Because SSI benefits are need-based, your spouse’s income could show that you have less need than another claimant with no extra income. However, the SSA will only deem certain portions of your spouse’s income to you.
How does being married affect your SSI benefits?
Benefits for a married couple, both of whom receive SSI and have no other income, amount to 25 percent less than the total they would receive if they were living together but not as husband and wife. This analysis identifies how marital status affects benefit rates and the counting of income and resources in determining eligibility.
Can a spouse apply for SSI if there is no income?
The SSI applicant or beneficiary must qualify on the basis of his or her own income, before any deeming of the ineligible spouse’s income is considered. If the ineligible spouse’s income is equal to or less than the difference between the couple and individual FBR, there is no income to deem to the eligible individual.
Who is eligible for Social Security disability and SSI?
People who have worked long enough may also qualify to receive Social Security disability or retirement benefits as well as SSI. Find out if you are eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits or Social Security retirement benefits.
How to apply for Supplemental Security Income ( SSI )?
You may be able to file online for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Benefits, even if you aren’t sure of your eligibility. Once you complete the online process, a Social Security representative will contact you if we need additional information. Learn more on our Disability Benefits page.