Double Social Security Payment This Week – Can You Receive Both SSI and Retiree Benefits?

This week, some beneficiaries will receive a Social Security double payment if they meet the specific requirements of two Social Security programs. While Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and retirement programs have distinct requirements and schedules, occasionally, recipients may qualify for both benefits. Let’s cut into the eligibility criteria, payment schedules, and additional benefits available to Social Security beneficiaries.

Eligibility

Eligibility for a Social Security double payment arises when beneficiaries qualify for both SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Although these programs cater to different groups, concurrent benefits are possible under certain conditions:

  • Young Disability: You became unfit for employment at a young age.
  • Low Wage: You were paid minimal wages.
  • Incomplete Work History: You did not work a full-time job for ten years before becoming disabled.

SSI targets disabled workers who are unable to work and have low incomes, while SSDI provides benefits based on work history and disability status. Despite their distinctions, concurrent benefits can significantly enhance income, particularly if SSDI payments are low.

Monthly Income Limits

  • Individuals: Maximum monthly countable income of $1,767.
  • Couples: Combined maximum monthly income of $2,607.
  • Resource Limits: $2,000 for singles and $3,000 for couples.

July 2024 Payment Schedule

The SSA will deliver five sets of payments in July 2024:

  1. July 1st (Monday): SSI recipients
  2. July 3rd (Wednesday): Recipients who began receiving benefits before May 1997
  3. July 10th (Wednesday): Beneficiaries born between July 1 and 10
  4. July 17th (Wednesday): Beneficiaries born between July 11 and 20
  5. July 24th (Wednesday): Beneficiaries born between July 21 and 31

Upcoming Double Payments

Eligible beneficiaries will receive their double payments on July 1st and July 3rd if they qualify for both SSI and SSDI. Other beneficiaries will follow the regular payment schedule.

Additional Benefits Programs

Besides double payments, eligible individuals can benefit from other programs:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Purpose: Helps low-income individuals purchase groceries.
  • Average Monthly Benefit: $105 for older adults.
  • Participation: Approximately 5 million eligible individuals do not participate.

Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS or Extra Help)

  • Purpose: Reduces out-of-pocket pharmaceutical costs.
  • Annual Cost per Beneficiary: $5,300.
  • Missed Benefits: About 2 million eligible individuals do not sign up, resulting in $10.6 billion in missed benefits annually.

Medicare Savings Programs

  • Purpose: Pays for a person’s monthly Part B premium.
  • Missed Benefits: 2 to 3 million people miss out, totaling $5.94 billion in forfeited payments.
  • Monthly Benefit: Up to $174.70 until 2024.

Receiving a Social Security double payment is possible for those who qualify for both SSI and SSDI. This can provide significant financial relief, particularly for individuals with low SSDI benefits. Additionally, other programs like SNAP, Medicare Part D LIS, and Medicare Savings Programs offer further support. Knowing and leveraging these benefits can help maximize financial stability for eligible recipients.

FAQs

Who is eligible for a Social Security double payment?

Individuals who qualify for both SSI and SSDI can receive a double payment.

What are the income limits for SSI eligibility?

The maximum monthly countable income is $1,767 for individuals and $2,607 for couples.

When are the Social Security payments scheduled for July 2024?

Payments are scheduled for July 1st, 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.

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