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 wminork; 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 2018 and 2017 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.


2018 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR DISABLED SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

ALABAMA

$27,322

ALASKA

$56,564

ARIZONA

$36,315

ARKANSAS

$30,237

CALIFORNIA

$37,202

COLORADO

$33,692

CONNECTICUT

$66,812

DELAWARE

$44,237

D.C.

$44,185

FLORIDA

$30,960

GEORGIA

$31,157

HAWAII

$41,595

IDAHO

$39,303

ILLINOIS

$27,462

INDIANA

$38,002

IOWA

$33,261

KANSAS

$35,133

KENTUCKY

$30,314

LOUISIANA

$31,923

MAINE

$36,095

MARYLAND

$40,365

MASSACHUSETTS

$40,693

MICHIGAN

$36,048

MINNESOTA

$53,154

MISSISSIPPI

$30,704

MISSOURI

$37,188

MONTANA

$32,095

NEBRASKA

$39,506

NEVADA

$32,606

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$40,280

NEW JERSEY

$34,566

NEW MEXICO

$33,149

NEW YORK

$45,812

NORTH CAROLINA

$34,067

NORTH DAKOTA

$47,050

OHIO

$39,686

OKLAHOMA

$30,670

OREGON

$34,951

PENNSYLVANIA

$37,927

RHODE ISLAND

$32,765

SOUTH CAROLINA

$30,634

SOUTH DAKOTA

$36,263

TENNESSEE

$40,211

TEXAS

$35,181

UTAH

$33,982

VERMONT

$41,367

VIRGINIA

$36,044

WASHINGTON

$33,120

WEST VIRGINIA

$32,479

WISCONSIN

$33,533

WYOMING

$36,651

NO.MARIANA ISL.

$19,020

 

2017 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR DISABLED SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

ALABAMA

$26,962

ALASKA

$56,204

ARIZONA

$35,955

ARKANSAS

$29,877

CALIFORNIA

$36,738

COLORADO

$33,020

CONNECTICUT

$66,308

DELAWARE

$43,877

D.C.

$43,825

FLORIDA

$30,600

GEORGIA

$30,797

HAWAII

$41,235

IDAHO

$38,943

ILLINOIS

$27,102

INDIANA

$37,642

IOWA

$32,901

KANSAS

$34,773

KENTUCKY

$29,954

LOUISIANA

$31,563

MAINE

$35,735

MARYLAND

$40,005

MASSACHUSETTS

$40,333

MICHIGAN

$35,688

MINNESOTA

$52,794

MISSISSIPPI

$30,344

MISSOURI

$36,828

MONTANA

$31,735

NEBRASKA

$39,146

NEVADA

$32,246

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$39,920

NEW JERSEY

$34,656

NEW MEXICO

$32,789

NEW YORK

$43,364

NORTH CAROLINA

$33,707

NORTH DAKOTA

$46,690

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

$41,007

VIRGINIA

$35,684

WASHINGTON

$32,760

WEST VIRGINIA

$32,119

WISCONSIN

$33,173

WYOMING

$36,291

NO.MARIANA ISL.

$18,660

 

2018 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR BLIND SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

CALIFORNIA

$38,558

IOWA

$33,789

MASSACHUSETTS

$41,542

NEVADA

$34,355

 

2017 1619(b) THRESHOLD AMOUNTS FOR BLIND SSI BENEFICIARIES

STATE

THRESHOLD

CALIFORNIA

$38,058

IOWA

$33,429

MASSACHUSETTS

$41,182

NEVADA

$33,995