SSI is a program designed to supplement and secure income, either
from unearned or earned income sources, up to the current Federal
Benefit Rate. SSI is neither earned or unearned income, only
a supplement, and the amount of SSI cash benefit depends on the
kind (i.e.,earned, unearned, or in-kind support) and amount of income,
support, or resources available to the individual.
SSI is a recipient program that ensures cash and/or medical benefits
(Medicaid) to pay for basic food and shelter. Even though a person
may be in "no-pay" SSI he or she may still retain eligibility
for Medicaid and a connection to the SSI Program should income drop
below the break even point.
In determining the amount of an SSI cash benefit, Income is
counted when the individual is paid not when it is earned.
Eligibility: to be eligible for TITLE XVI
based on a mental or physical disability that is expected to last
12 months or result in death, an individual must: