Millions of Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will receive the first of two December SSI payments from the Social Security Administration, which are worth up to $914 for individual filers, in 25 days.
The first round of payments will go out on Dec. 1, 2023, and the second will go out on Dec. 29 because of a kink in the administration’s calendar. The second payment will take the place of January’s because Jan. 1 is always a holiday. Dec. 30-31 are on a weekend this year.
The payment amount for beneficiaries varies depending on their status. For individual recipients, the rate for payments is $914 per month. The rate for eligible couples’ monthly payments is a total of $1,371. Essential persons, who live with someone receiving SSI and provide them with necessary care, receive a monthly payment rate of $458.
In order to qualify for the payments, recipients need to be at least 65 and meet certain financial requirements. Some people under the age of 65 may qualify for the payments if they are at least partially blind, have a physical or mental disability that severely limits their daily activities for at least a year, or if the condition is expected to result in death, according to the administration.
Children could also be eligible for SSI payments if they are at least partially blind or have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activities for at least a year. Children could also receive SSI if their parents do not receive SSI benefits or if they have limited income and savings.
Not every recipient will receive the maximum payment, so filers can see a personalized estimate through the SSA’s calculator.
The monthly benefit amount is expected to rise by 3.2% next year, according to the administration. It will also rise by the same percentage for regular retirement payments, which are separate from SSI payments. Regular retirement payments can be received in addition to the supplemental aid for seniors who qualify for both and are sent out on a different schedule.