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SSI Benefits Remain Unchanged In Seven States: What You Should Know

SSI Benefits Remain Unchanged In Seven States: What You Should Know
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Even though Social Security payments go up every year, SSI benefits remain unchanged in these seven states.

SSI Benefits Remain Unchanged In Seven States: What You Should Know

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Americans who are retired look forwards to getting their new Supplemental Security Income (SSI) check from Social Security every month. Only a small number of people can get monthly SSI payments from Social Security Administration, so not everyone can get this type of benefit.

Most of the United States, but not all, have seen more of these checks over the past few months. For a lot of Supplemental Security Income recipients, the increase is part of their benefits, but this is not true for everyone as the benefits remain unchanged in some states.

At least until 2023, the Supplemental Security Income check can’t go up any more than $914. We might get a raise in 2024, depending on how much the Social Security Administration decides to use the COLA to give us. But some states have indeed been giving a little more SSI to some people who get it.

SSI Benefits Remain Unchanged In These 7 States 

These seven states has SSI benefits remain unchanged:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
  • Northern Mariana Islands

If you live in any of these states, you will notice that your Supplemental Security Income check benefits remain unchanged. So, the amount of the next check you get in March will be the same as the last one as benefits remain unchanged.

The same will be true for the payment from Social Security. As we said earlier, this payment will stay the same and won’t go up in any way until the COLA comes. So, if you got $1,800 in your retirement check last month, you will get the same amount this month.

The next payment from SSA Supplemental Security Income

In March, the Social Security Administration will send all Supplemental Security Income recipients an extra payment. This is a one-time-only thing. No matter which states you live in, the check amount will always be the same.

This extra payment is the April payment that was made early. This is because SSI payments are always made on the first, but the date changes when it is a weekend or holiday. When this happens, the payment is sent on the last business day before.

We will get an extra Supplemental Security Income to check on March 31 because of this. Still, we need to be careful with our financial plan for April because we will get SSI early, which could cause us to spend the money sooner than we planned.

How much can you get in SSI?

As was said above, the most you can get from Supplemental Security Income in 2023 is $914. This number goes up a little bit every year, at least in most U.S. states but benefits remain unchanged in some states. Still, we have to wait for the COLA announcement to know exactly how much the money will go up.

This year, the COLA news will come out in October. We won’t know how much the COLA will go up in 2024 until then. Experts say that this rise will be about 3%, but nothing is set in stone yet and benefits remain unchanged in some states.

How do I get my SSI check right away?

We must use one of two official ways to get Supplemental Security Income payments. Each of these methods has its own strengths and weaknesses, but one of them works better.

On the one hand, there’s the deposit into the bank account. In the United States, this is the most common way to get a Social Security check. With this method of collecting money, it can take up to three days for the money to show up in the bank account. Other than that, it works very well and is very safe.

On the other hand, besides Supplemental Security Income, Direct Deposit is the fastest way to get your Social Security retirement benefits. Using this method, any money the government sends you will immediately appear in your bank account. But you don’t need to worry if you haven’t set up Direct Deposit. Whether they have this payment method set up or not, all SSI recipients will get their money.

 

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