What's New in 2018?

Automatic Adjustments Effective January 1, 2018

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

The SGA amount for persons with disabilities other than blindness is $1,180 per month in 2018.

For persons who are blind, the amount of earnings that indicate SGA is $1,970 per month in 2018. 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 $850 per month in 2018. Details on the TWP are on TRIAL WORK PERIOD.

Federal Benefit Rate (FBR)

For 2018, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) FBR is $750 per month for an eligible individual and $1,125 per month for an eligible couple.

Student Earned-Income Exclusion (SEIE)

For 2018, the amount of earnings that will have no effect on eligibility or benefits for SSI beneficiaries who are students is $7,350 a year. The amount of earnings that we can exclude each month, until we have excluded the maximum for the year, is $1,820 a month. Details on the SEIE are on STUDENT EARNED-INCOME EXCLUSION.

Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance

For 2018, the monthly Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance base premium is $422, and the 45 percent reduced premium is $232.

Medicare Part B Supplemental Medical Insurance

For 2018, the Part B Supplemental Medical Insurance monthly base premium is $134 (or higher depending on your income). However, most people who get Social Security benefits will pay less than this amount. This is because the Part B premium increased for 2018 Social Security benefits. If you pay your Part B premium through your Social Security benefit, you’ll pay less ($130 on average). Social Security will tell you the exact amount you will pay for Part B in 2018. For more information, see How much does Part B cost? 

Medicaid While Working

For 2018, 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 2018 amounts for each state on SSI ONLY EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS.