New Legislation for SSI may allow for some needed eligibility and planning flexibility. Persons with disabilities and special needs who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) would be allowed to keep a few more assets and wouldn’t be penalized for marrying under a new proposal, according to Disability Scoop’s recent article, “Lawmakers Look To Update SSI Program.”
Right now, in order to retain benefits, SSI recipients generally can have no more than $2,000 to their name at any given time. However, Congress is looking to significantly increase that ceiling, with a bill introduced this month that would increase SSI’s asset limit to $10,000 for an individual and $20,000 for couples.
The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act would also increase the amount of disregarded income that beneficiaries can collect monthly.
The bill would also repeal penalties for marrying or receiving financial, food, and housing assistance from family members.
Supporters of the Act say it’s time to update Social Security’s SSI program, which has remained largely static since 1972.
“This issue is one I have heard about directly from autism advocates and families in our district, particularly parents preparing for children with disabilities to transition into adulthood,” said Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., who introduced the measure along with Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz.
“This bill brings the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program’s outdated limits up to speed with inflation—a common-sense adjustment that will make a huge difference for individuals and families caring for someone with disabilities.”
Reference: Disability Scoop (September 23, 2019) “Lawmakers Look To Update SSI Program”