Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Social Security Income (SSI) are two types of government programs designed to provide financial assistance to those who are unable to work or have limited income. While these programs are helpful for those who are eligible, they can also have an impact on other government benefits like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. Does social security disability count as income? Find out how getting disability benefits can affect ACA and other government program eligibility. 

Calculating Overall Income

When it comes to calculating overall income, SSDI and SSI payments are both considered sources of income. However, the way these payments are treated can differ depending on the program in question. For example, when determining eligibility for Medicaid, both SSDI and SSI payments are counted as income. This means that if your income exceeds the Medicaid income limit, you may not be eligible for the program. In some cases, individuals may need to spend down their income or assets in order to qualify for Medicaid.

Similarly, when it comes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), SSDI and SSI payments are counted as income. However, the amount of the payment is also taken into consideration. This means that if you receive a large SSDI or SSI payment, your SNAP benefit may be reduced or eliminated entirely. On the other hand, if your SSDI or SSI payment is relatively small, you may still be eligible for SNAP.

Affordable Care Act and SSDI

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), SSDI and SSI payments are not considered when determining eligibility for insurance. This means that even if you receive SSDI or SSI payments, you may still be eligible for ACA insurance. However, it is important to note that other factors, such as household income, may still impact eligibility. Additionally, those who receive SSDI or SSI may also be eligible for Medicare, which is a government-funded health insurance program for those over the age of 65 or certain disability recipients.

It is important to note that while SSDI and SSI payments are considered income for certain government programs, they are not considered taxable income by the IRS. This means that you will not have to pay taxes on your SSDI or SSI payments.

Consult with a Disability Attorney

Overall, SSDI and SSI payments can have a significant impact on your eligibility for other government programs. If you are receiving these types of payments, it is important to understand how they may impact your ability to receive benefits like Medicaid, ACA, SNAP, or other assistance programs. By working with one of the experienced disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Karen Kraus Bill, you can confirm how your application for SSDI will affect other benefits you may be receiving and whether or not you will remain eligible for them in the future. Visit the website to schedule a free evaluation