Working While on SSI: How Employment Affects SSI and Medicaid

If you are working while on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you generally will qualify to continue receiving Medicaid. This is assuming you are still disabled. But even if you no longer qualify to receive SSI because you earn too much, you may be able to stay on Medicaid.

Medicaid Rules Pertaining to Working

Because SSI can be received only if you have limited income and financial resources, these benefits can stop if you start making enough money. However, although Medicaid is also intended for low-income individuals, you may be able to keep Medicaid as long as you:

  • are still considered disabled or blind;
  • meet other SSI requirements;
  • received SSI for at least a month;
  • need Medicaid to continue to work; and
  • gross earnings would not replace value of SSI and Medicaid.

You have specific obligations to meet if working while on SSI. The first is that you must notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) when you start or stop working. You also must contact SSA for changes related to your pay, job duties and work hours. Additionally, if you now must pay for expenses related to your disability in order to continue working, this should be reported.

Contacting a Dunn SSI Attorney

Medicaid can help provide health coverage to individuals and families who have limited income, and SSI benefits can be extremely helpful, too. According to SSA, in November 2012, the last month for which data was available, the average monthly SSI payment for those between the ages of 18 and 64 was $534.90. To discuss whether you qualify, contact an attorney at Brent Adams & Associates at (910) 892-8177, who can also explain the impact of working while on SSI.

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