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 show the 2017 and 2016 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.


2017 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR DISABLED SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

ALABAMA

$47,516

ALASKA

$35,650

ARIZONA

$29,877

ARKANSAS

$35,955

CALIFORNIA

$36,738

COLORADO

$33,020

CONNECTICUT

$66,308

DELAWARE

$43,825

D.C.

$43,877

FLORIDA

$30,600

GEORGIA

$30,797

HAWAII

$41,235

IDAHO

$34,173

ILLINOIS

$37,671

INDIANA

$27,102

IOWA

$37,642

KANSAS

$34,773

KENTUCKY

$29,954

LOUISIANA

$31,563

MAINE

$37,828

MARYLAND

$40,005

MASSACHUSETTS

$38,240

MICHIGAN

$35,688

MINNESSOTA

$52,794

MISSISSIPPI

$36,828

MISSOURI

$30,344

MONTANA

$31,735

NEBRASKA

$34,931

NEVADA

$47,563

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$38,570

NEW JERSEY

$40,022

NEW MEXICO

$33,906

NEW YORK

$32,789

NORTH CAROLINA

$31,372

NORTH DAKOTA

$43,364

OHIO

$39,326

OKLAHOMA

$30,310

OREGON

$34,591

PENNSYLVANIA

$37,567

RHODE ISLAND

$32,405

SOUTH CAROLINA

$30,274

SOUTH DAKOTA

$35,903

TENNESSEE

$39,851

TEXAS

$34,821

UTAH

$34,222

VERMONT

$36,933

VIRGINIA

$39,758

WASHINGTON

$32,760

WEST VIRGINIA

$31,162

WISCONSIN

$34,130

WYOMING

$36,291

NO.MARIANA ISL.

$18,660

 

2016 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR DISABLED SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

ALABAMA

$27,075

ALASKA

$55,597

ARIZONA

$36,522

ARKANSAS

$29,763

CALIFORNIA

$37,184

COLORADO

$33,605

CONNECTICUT

$66,520

DELAWARE

$42,664

D.C.

$39,930

FLORIDA

$30,566

GEORGIA

$30,315

HAWAII

$37,949

IDAHO

$39,570

ILLINOIS

$27,370

INDIANA

$36,772

IOWA

$32,575

KANSAS

$35,021

KENTUCKY

$29,746

LOUISIANA

$31,305

MAINE

$32,667

MARYLAND

$41,740

MASSACHUSETTS

$39,662

MICHIGAN

$34,923

MINNESSOTA

$50,971

MISSISSIPPI

$29,876

MISSOURI

$36,376

MONTANA

$30,970

NEBRASKA

$38,579

NEVADA

$32,307

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$39,640

NEW JERSEY

$35,003

NEW MEXICO

$35,617

NEW YORK

$43,583

NORTH CAROLINA

$34,131

NORTH DAKOTA

$44,673

OHIO

$38,509

OKLAHOMA

$30,262

OREGON

$33,221

PENNSYLVANIA

$36,567

RHODE ISLAND

$34,239

SOUTH CAROLINA

$30,834

SOUTH DAKOTA

$35,233

TENNESSEE

$38,613

TEXAS

$34,670

UTAH

$34,936

VERMONT

$39,943

VIRGINIA

$35,118

WASHINGTON

$32,875

WEST VIRGINIA

$31,883

WISCONSIN

$33,392

WYOMING

$36,253

NO.MARIANA ISL.

$18,612

 

2017 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR BLIND SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

CALIFORNIA

$38,058

IOWA

$38,170

MASSACHUSETTS

$39,088

NEVADA

$49,313

 

2016 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR BLIND SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

CALIFORNIA

$38,504

IOWA

$33,103

MASSACHUSETTS

$40,511

NEVADA

$34,056