Effective January 1, 2017, SSI Rates are established as follows:
|Household of Another||$490.00||$ 9.33*||$499.33|
|COUPLE-House of Another||$735.34||$13.96*||$749.30|
*The payment of the state supplement to SSI is sent on a quarterly basis, by either a paper check or via direct deposit, from the Michigan government to recipients at the “Household of Another” and the “Sharing/Independent” rates. Benefit payment checks (or direct deposits) are forwarded during the months of: March, June, September and December. For persons receiving only an SSI supplement amount due to the presence of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and/or earned income, the state supplement will not be paid. Affected individuals must apply separately for Medicaid at a local Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) office.
1. The “personal needs income” or “incidental needs allowance” for 2017 remains at $44.00 per month for Adult Foster Care recipients (Personal Care). The monthly AFC payment for 2017 is $848.50. The SSI personal allowance for residents of a nursing home is $30 federal and $7 state for total of $37.00.
2. NOTE: The cost-of-living (“C.O.L.A.”) increase with either SSI or SSDI benefits 0.3% for 2017.
3. There is an additional State Medicaid Personal Care Supplement check that is paid directly to providers of Adult Foster Care. The amount for 2017 is $218.92 (eff. 10/1/16) per month per resident.
4. For concurrent recipients of SSI and SSDI (old age, survivors, widows, disability, and disabled adult child) benefits, the total of the two checks is $20.00 more than SSI alone for the specific living situation.
5. Most Medicare “Part B” recipients (i.e., single persons with annual incomes below $85,000, and married filing jointly below $170,000) will see their 2017 monthly premium increase from $104.90 to $109.00. For enrollees who began Part B on or after 1/1/2016 and for those starting in 2017, the Part B monthly premium increases from $121.80 to $134.00. If the state of Michigan pays the Part B premium due to your eligibility for Medicaid, the state will have to pay the $134.00. As always, persons with higher incomes will pay a significantly higher premium.
6. The SSDI Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) work earnings ceiling for 2017 is increased to $1,170.00 ($1,950.00 if recipient is blind). The Trial Work Period threshold for 2017 is now at $840.00.
7. The 2017 SSI asset limits remain at $2,000.00 for an individual and $3,000.00 for a couple.