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 2014 and 2013 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.


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

2013 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR DISABLED SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

ALABAMA

$25,783

ALASKA

$55,752

ARIZONA

$36,517

ARKANSAS

$30,349

CALIFORNIA

$35,740

COLORADO

$35,129

CONNECTICUT

$72,805

DELAWARE

$39,957

D.C.

$39,253

FLORIDA

$30,786

GEORGIA

$28,547

HAWAII

$36,265

IDAHO

$40,538

ILLINOIS

$27,811

INDIANA

$36,139

IOWA

$31,367

KANSAS

$34,251

KENTUCKY

$28,759

LOUISIANA

$30,666

MAINE

$32,084

MARYLAND

$40,752

MASSACHUSETTS

$38,936

MICHIGAN

$33,517

MINNESSOTA

$50,104

MISSISSIPPI

$27,403

MISSOURI

$33,754

MONTANA

$30,159

NEBRASKA

$37,017

NEVADA

$30,386

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$40,779

NEW JERSEY

$33,976

NEW MEXICO

$33,462

NEW YORK

$45,239

NORTH CAROLINA

$34,039

NORTH DAKOTA

$42,063

OHIO

$35,160

OKLAHOMA

$30,663

OREGON

$33,464

PENNSYLVANIA

$34,917

RHODE ISLAND

$35,187

SOUTH CAROLINA

$30,882

SOUTH DAKOTA

$34,857

TENNESSEE

$32,430

TEXAS

$32,387

UTAH

$33,256

VERMONT

$38,135

VIRGINIA

$33,747

WASHINGTON

$29,269

WEST VIRGINIA

$29,645

WISCONSIN

$37,068

WYOMING

$36,333

NO.MARIANA ISL.

$18,060

2014 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR BLIND SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

CALIFORNIA

$38,248

IOWA

$32,866

MASSACHUSETTS

$40,579

NEVADA

$33,464

2013 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR BLIND SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

CALIFORNIA

$37,060

IOWA

$31,895

MASSACHUSETTS

$39,785

NEVADA

$33,009