September 2, 2014

SSI Benefits Forfeited After Marriage

When i got married i lost my ssi benifits is there a way to get them back?
–Paula

Jonathan Ginsberg answers: Paula, SSI is a disability program based on need and work limitations. There are strict income and resource limitations. What you have discovered is that SSI looks at household income and resources.

So, when you got married, your husband’s income and assets are considered in evaluating your eligibility. It would appear that his earnings take you over the limit and thereby disqualify you from SSI.

By contrast, Title II disability does not look at a spouse’s income or resources because those benefits arise from the claimant’s own earnings record.
–Jonathan

[tags] SSi and income and resources, SSDI, Supplemental Security Income, marriage status and Social Security disability [/tags]

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Jonathan Ginsberg represents Social Security disability claimants in Georgia. In practice for over 23 years, Jonathan publishes a widely known disability blog, a podcast and several disability web sites. In 2004, Jonathan published a "how to" book about Social Security disability called the Disability Answer Guide. Jonathan lives with his wife and 2 children in Atlanta.