What's New in 2016?

Automatic Adjustments Effective January 1, 2016

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

The SGA amount for persons with disabilities other than blindness is $1,130 per month in 2016.

For persons who are blind, the amount of earnings that indicate SGA is $1,820 per month in 2016. This amount is unchanged from 2015. Details on SGA are on HOW DO WE DEFINE DISABILITY.

Trial Work Period (TWP) Months

The monthly earnings amount that we use to determine if a month counts as a TWP month is $810 per month in 2016. Details on the TWP are on TRIAL WORK PERIOD.

Federal Benefit Rate (FBR)

For 2016, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) FBR is $733 per month for an eligible individual and $1,100 per month for an eligible couple. These amounts are unchanged from 2015.

Student Earned-Income Exclusion (SEIE)

For 2016, the amount of earnings that will have no effect on eligibility or benefits for SSI beneficiaries who are students is $7,180 a year. The amount of earnings that we can exclude each month, until we have excluded the maximum for the year, is $1,780 a month. These amounts are unchanged from 2015. Details on the SEIE are on STUDENT EARNED-INCOME EXCLUSION.

Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance

For 2016, the monthly Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance base premium is $411, and the 45 percent reduced premium is $226.

Medicare Part B Supplemental Medical Insurance

For 2016, the Part B Supplemental Medical Insurance monthly base premium is $121.80 (or higher depending on your income).  However, most people who get Social Security benefits will continue to pay the same Part B Premium amount ($104.90) as they paid in 2015.  For more information, see How much does Part B cost?  Details on Medicare for Persons with Disabilities Who work are on SSDI ONLY EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS.

Medicaid While Working

For 2016, we increased the Medicaid While Working State Threshold Amounts for persons with disabilities. We use yearly state threshold amounts to decide if earnings are high enough to replace SSI and Medicaid benefits. We listed the 2016 amounts for each state on SSI ONLY EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS.