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Do My Social Security Benefits Change While I am in the Hospital?

Do My Social Security Benefits Change While I am in the Hospital?

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As if the Social Security Administration (SSA) couldn’t be confusing enough, there are specific circumstances under which your social security benefits could change without you even knowing. Hospitalization is one such circumstance. Are you still eligible for social security benefits during hospitalization? Let us from Social Security Disability Advocates USA break it down for you.

SSDI

Generally speaking, SSDI hospital stay does not affect SSDI benefits. People receiving SSDI can continue receiving their benefits while living in a public facility such as a hospital or psychiatric facility unless they are there as a result of committing or being an instrument of a crime. For example, being in a jail or prison may result in the suspension of SSDI benefits.

SSI

Supplemental Security Income is the trickier one. There are a few more rules and often stricter circumstances required to receive benefits while in the hospital. Let’s lay them out:

  • If you live in a public facility e.g. a psychiatric facility or nursing home where Medicaid or private health insurance, alone or in combination, does not pay for more than half the cost of your care, you are ineligible for SSI. This is generally true regardless of age.
  • If you live in a public facility where Medicaid or private health insurance, alone or in combination, pays for more than half the cost of your care, your SSI will not exceed $30 a month plus any supplementary state payments. The SSA may reduce the SSI benefit based on any income you have. This is generally true regardless of age.

Special exceptions can occur, however. For example:

  • If you will be in the hospital for 90 days or less, you can continue receiving your regular SSI benefits for up to 3 full months. However, you must give certain information:
    • A doctor must state, in writing, that you will be in the medical facility for 90 days or less, and
    • Someone that knows about your situation must state that you require your regular SSI payments for home and living arrangements while you are in the medical facility.

You should give this information to the Social Security Administration as soon as possible and no later than the 90th day of your hospital stay. Medical information is often time sensitive, so please be prudent and give the Social Security Administration the required information as soon as you can to make sure you still receive your social security benefits during hospitalization.

Have More Questions About Social Security Benefits During Hospitalization?

If you have further questions about social security, contact SSDA USA right away! Our attorneys are waiting on the line to address all your social security questions and concerns. Give us a ring anytime at 602-952-3200, or feel free to contact us online. And don’t forget our LiveChat feature!

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