2019 Red Book
What's New in 2019?
Automatic Adjustments Effective January 1, 2019
Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
The SGA amount for persons with disabilities other than blindness is $1,220 per month in 2019.
For persons who are blind, the amount of earnings that indicate SGA is $2,040 per month in 2019. 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 $880 per month in 2019. Details on the TWP are on TRIAL WORK PERIOD.
Federal Benefit Rate (FBR)
For 2019, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) FBR is $771 per month for an eligible individual and $1,157 per month for an eligible couple.
Student Earned-Income Exclusion (SEIE)
For 2019, the amount of earnings that will have no effect on eligibility or benefits for SSI beneficiaries who are students is $7,550 a year. The amount of earnings that we can exclude each month, until we have excluded the maximum for the year, is $1,870 a month. Details on the SEIE are on STUDENT EARNED-INCOME EXCLUSION.
Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance
For 2019, the monthly Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance base premium is $437, and the 45 percent reduced premium is $240.
Medicare Part B Supplemental Medical Insurance
For 2019, the Part B Supplementary Medical Insurance monthly base premium is $135.50 (or higher depending on your income). Social Security will tell you the exact amount you will pay for Part B in 2019. For more information, see link for “How much does Part B cost?”: How much does Part B cost? online.
Medicaid While Working
For 2019, 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. The 2019 amounts for each state can be located at: SSI ONLY EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS online.