Get The Social Security Disability Benefits You Deserve

Can SSI recipients also get Medicaid?

When it comes to navigating the complex web of social services, it is important to have a clear understanding of the benefits available.

For individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income, they may also wonder if they can get Medicaid.

A dual support system

SSI is a federal program designed to assist aged, blind and disabled people with limited income and resources. While SSI provides financial support, it does not cover medical expenses. This is where Medicaid, a joint federal and state program, steps in to fill the healthcare gap for those with low income.

Income and resource limits

To qualify for SSI, individuals must meet specific income and resource limits. While SSI does not automatically grant access to Medicaid, meeting the income criteria for SSI often makes one eligible for Medicaid. Medicaid eligibility is contingent upon having a low income, and SSI recipients typically fall within this category.

SSI and Medicaid coordination

When an individual qualifies for SSI, many states automatically enroll them in Medicaid. This ensures a seamless coordination of benefits, allowing SSI recipients to access essential healthcare services without additional hurdles. However, it is important to verify Medicaid enrollment, as the process may vary by state.

Ineligibility situations

While SSI recipients often qualify for Medicaid, certain circumstances may result in ineligibility. It is important to be aware of these situations, such as changes in income or resources that could impact Medicaid eligibility. Staying informed about potential changes ensures continued access to necessary healthcare services.

In 2021, 7.7 million Americans received SSI payments, 86% of which related to a disability. Along with SSI, people facing chronic medical conditions may also get support from Medicaid.