What is the link between Medicaid and SSI benefits?

| May 31, 2018 | Supplemental Security Income

When it comes to Supplemental Security Income, New Jersey residents who meet the basic requirements of being approved will often still have questions about what benefits are available in addition to SSI. Medicaid is one such benefit. Understanding how a person qualifies to get Medicaid along with SSI is important if the person needs both.

Medicaid is health insurance program from the federal and state governments that serves people who are low-income. New Jersey is one state that allows those who are eligible for SSI-related benefits to also receive Medicaid. When seeking SSI, the eligibility for it and Medicaid will begin in the same month. In some instances, people who are getting SSI will also hold a job. In New Jersey, a person who is getting SSI will also be eligible for Medicaid. The person can keep getting Medicaid even in situations where the earnings are too high to get the SSI payments.

It is imperative to understand how to qualify for Medicaid. The following are required: he or she must have been eligible to get SSI cash payments for a minimum of one month; he or she must be disabled; the other eligibility requirements must be met; Medicaid must be needed for the person to work; and there must be a gross income that does not reach an amount that will replace SSI, Medicaid and other care that is publicly funded.

People often miss out on maximizing their benefits because they are unaware of their eligibility for them. Or there could be a mistake made on the part of the SSA when determining if a person can get certain benefits. For those who believe they should be eligible for both SSI-related benefits and Medicaid, having legal help can be beneficial. Calling a law firm that is skilled with Supplemental Security Income and helping clients maximize their benefits is critical to getting those benefits.