State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2008
Mandatory State Supplementation
Optional State Supplementation
Administration: Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance.
Effective date: January 1, 1974.
Statutory basis for payment: Alaska Statutes 47.25.430–47.25.615.
Administration: State funds.
Assistance: State funds.
Passalong method: Maintaining total expenditures.
Place of application: Local offices of the state Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance.
Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to all needy aged, blind, and disabled persons, including certain grandfathered persons who would receive SSI payments except for their income level but excluding persons in the Alaska Pioneer Homes, in any nonmedical public institution, or in public or private institutions for mental disorders. Children under age 18 are not eligible for optional supplementation.
Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply.
Income exclusions: Federal SSI regulations apply; in-kind income is also excluded.
Recoveries, liens, and assignments: None.
Financial responsibility of relatives: Child for aged parent.
Interim assistance: State participates.
Payment calculation method: A standard applies that is established by the state for the total SSI payment. The federal SSI payment and any countable income are deducted from the state standard. The remainder is the state supplementation. For non-SSI recipients, any countable income is subtracted from the state standard.
Payment levels: See Table 1.
|Living arrangement||Combined federal and state||State supplementation|
|Living independently with an ineligible spouse||1,158.00||…||521.00||…|
|Living in the household of another||792.67||1,180.34||368.00||543.00|
|Living in the household of another with an ineligible spouse||888.67||…||464.00||…|
|Assisted living home||737.00||1,156.00||100.00||200.00|
|Assisted living home with an ineligible spouse||737.00||…||100.00||…|
|SOURCES: Social Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs; state information.|
|NOTE: … = not applicable.|
Number of recipients: See Table 2.
|Living in the household of another||690||150||0||540|
|Assisted living home||1,065||258||6||801|
|SOURCE: State information.|
|NOTE: Includes some non-SSI recipients who meet state eligibility criteria, but do not meet federal SSI eligibility guidelines.|
Total expenditures1: The state reported expenditures of $52,603,096 for calendar year 2007 in state-administered payments to SSI recipients.
State Assistance for Special Needs
State does not provide assistance for special needs.
Criteria: SSI program guidelines (Title XVI).
Determined by: State.
Medically Needy Program
State does not provide a program for the medically needy.
Unpaid Medical Expenses
The Social Security Administration does not obtain this information.
1 Includes payments made to some non-SSI recipients who meet state eligibility criteria, but do not meet federal SSI eligibility guidelines.