How Much Do SSI Benefits Pay?
In Pennsylvania, payments for Supplemental Security Income vary based on marital status, whether or not you live alone, and whether or not you have countable income which could reduce your payment. As of 2017, single applicants receive $735 per month while married couples receive $1,103. However, countable income decreases these payment amounts.
What Is Countable Income?
The Social Security Administration will evaluate your income in order to determine if you qualify for benefits and how much your payments will be. The Administration disregards the first $20 of your monthly income and the first $65 of earned income if you're working. Next, they divide your total monthly income in half to arrive at your total countable income.
Your countable income will be subtracted from your monthly payment. For example, if you were single and earning $600 each month from light part-time work, the Administration would first disregard the first $85 to arrive at $515. Then, they would disregard half of this number - or $257.50. This amount would be deducted from your monthly payment of $735 - leaving you with a total payout of $477.50.
In order to qualify for SSI, your total countable resources must fall below $2,000 for individuals and below $3,000 for couples. If your resources exceed these amounts, you may be better off applying for Social Security disability benefits instead.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for Supplemental Security Income, you must file a claim with the Social Security Administration. You can do this online at the SSA website, by calling the SSA to schedule an in-person appointment, or by visiting your local Social Security office. Visit the Social Security Administration's website for more details.
This process can be confusing, and it's not uncommon for claims to be denied. Whether you're trying to get your first claim accepted or are looking to file an appeal after being denied, the experienced lawyers at Monheit Law can help. We'll make sure you get the compensation you're entitled to and help you explore other possible options you may qualify for, such as Social Security disability benefits.
We understand the financial stress you may be feeling, and that's why we'll only ask for payment as a contingency fee after we've successfully helped you receive your benefits.