One of the biggest concerns SSI beneficiaries have about going to work is the possibility of losing Medicaid coverage. Section 1619(b) of the Social Security Act provides some protection for these beneficiaries. To qualify for continuing Medicaid coverage, a person must:

  • Have been eligible for an SSI cash payment for at least 1 month;
  • Still meet the disability requirement; and
  • Still meet all other non-disability SSI requirements; and
  • Need Medicaid benefits to continue to work; and
  • Have gross earnings that are insufficient to replace SSI, Medicaid and publicly funded attendant care services.

This means that SSI beneficiaries who have earnings too high for a SSI cash payment may be eligible for Medicaid if they meet the above requirements. SSA uses a threshold amount to measure whether a person’s earnings are high enough to replace his/her SSI and Medicaid benefits. This threshold is based on the:

  • amount of earnings which would cause SSI cash payments to stop in the person’s State; and
  • average Medicaid expenses in that State.

If a SSI beneficiary has gross earnings higher than the threshold amount for his/her State, SSA can figure an individual threshold amount if that person has:

We’ve shown the 2015 and 2014 threshold amounts for each State below for disabled and blind beneficiaries. (Please note that four states have separate threshold amounts for blind beneficiaries.) We usually update these amounts annually for the prior calendar year. These amounts continue in effect until replaced with the next year’s amounts when they become available.


2015 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR DISABLED SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

ALABAMA

$27,244

ALASKA

$55,990

ARIZONA

$36,162

ARKANSAS

$29,765

CALIFORNIA

$37,805

COLORADO

$32,942

CONNECTICUT

$65,144

DELAWARE

$41,123

D.C.

$39,719

FLORIDA

$30,594

GEORGIA

$29,480

HAWAII

$37,788

IDAHO

$39,779

ILLINOIS

$28,221

INDIANA

$37,087

IOWA

$32,442

KANSAS

$35,025

KENTUCKY

$29,651

LOUISIANA

$31,511

MAINE

$32,784

MARYLAND

$41,761

MASSACHUSETTS

$40,006

MICHIGAN

$34,512

MINNESSOTA

$51,132

MISSISSIPPI

$29,407

MISSOURI

$35,661

MONTANA

$30,416

NEBRASKA

$38,326

NEVADA

$31,363

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$39,503

NEW JERSEY

$34,772

NEW MEXICO

$35,226

NEW YORK

$47,499

NORTH CAROLINA

$34,098

NORTH DAKOTA

$44,004

OHIO

$37,914

OKLAHOMA

$30,298

OREGON

$33,098

PENNSYLVANIA

$35,821

RHODE ISLAND

$34,347

SOUTH CAROLINA

$30,554

SOUTH DAKOTA

$36,639

TENNESSEE

$37,112

TEXAS

$34,289

UTAH

$34,462

VERMONT

$39,265

VIRGINIA

$34,543

WASHINGTON

$31,972

WEST VIRGINIA

$31,347

WISCONSIN

$33,622

WYOMING

$36,134

NO.MARIANA ISL.

$18,612

2014 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR DISABLED SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

ALABAMA

$26,420

ALASKA

$56,786

ARIZONA

$35,773

ARKANSAS

$30,482

CALIFORNIA

$36,928

COLORADO

$34,055

CONNECTICUT

$68,340

DELAWARE

$40,447

D.C.

$39,833

FLORIDA

$30,750

GEORGIA

$28,820

HAWAII

$36,713

IDAHO

$40,196

ILLINOIS

$27,829

INDIANA

$37,010

IOWA

$32,338

KANSAS

$34,584

KENTUCKY

$29,725

LOUISIANA

$31,235

MAINE

$32,411

MARYLAND

$41,746

MASSACHUSETTS

$39,730

MICHIGAN

$34,260

MINNESSOTA

$51,268

MISSISSIPPI

$28,499

MISSOURI

$36,140

MONTANA

$30,227

NEBRASKA

$37,894

NEVADA

$30,841

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$38,505

NEW JERSEY

$34,405

NEW MEXICO

$33,349

NEW YORK

$44,657

NORTH CAROLINA

$34,424

NORTH DAKOTA

$43,582

OHIO

$36,063

OKLAHOMA

$30,252

OREGON

$32,725

PENNSYLVANIA

$35,897

RHODE ISLAND

$34,452

SOUTH CAROLINA

$30,142

SOUTH DAKOTA

$36,599

TENNESSEE

$36,313

TEXAS

$33,407

UTAH

$34,103

VERMONT

$38,783

VIRGINIA

$33,862

WASHINGTON

$29,683

WEST VIRGINIA

$30,531

WISCONSIN

$33,361

WYOMING

$36,447

NO.MARIANA ISL.

$18,324

2015 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR BLIND SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

CALIFORNIA

$39,125

IOWA

$32,970

MASSACHUSETTS

$40,855

NEVADA

$33,986

2014 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR BLIND SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

CALIFORNIA

$38,248

IOWA

$32,866

MASSACHUSETTS

$40,579

NEVADA

$33,464