Receiving Child Support Payments and its Impact
The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines child support payments as “a payment from a parent to meet the child’s needs for food and shelter. Child support can be in cash or in-kind; it can be voluntary or court ordered.” Child support payments are considered unearned income to the child who receives supplemental security income (SSI) benefits. For supplemental security income (SSI) purposes, according to the Social Security Act, a child is neither married, nor the head of a household and is either:
States known as “1634” states are states that have completed a “1634 agreement” with the Social Security Administration. This agreement determines eligibility for a specific state’s Medicaid program for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. This is known as categorical eligibility. The agreements are only with states that use Supplemental Security Income (SSI) criteria to determine Medicaid eligibility. In other words, individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in those states receive Medicaid automatically. Individuals do not need to apply for Medicaid benefits separately.
States that are known as “209(b)” states require individuals to apply for Medicaid through his/her state Medicaid program. These states are more restrictive than the SSI program. States that are “209(b)” states use their own criteria for Medicaid eligibility and determination.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) sends notices and letters to recipients who are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or who have applied to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The notices and letters are extremely important to review and keep track of. The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) primary way to communicate to applicants and recipients are via notices and letters.
William E. Lindahl, MBA, CLPF