Child Support: Who does it belong to?

For ABD-related benefits, child support is usually counted as income for the child for whom it is intended. Refer to article ABD: How to Code Child Support 1/3 Deduction for Child with Disability for explanation on how to count the child support when determining eligibility for a child who has a disability. If eligibility is […]

$20 General Income Exclusion

327:35-5-42(d)(1)and(5)(B) The General Income Exclusion (GIE) is a $20 per month income deduction. It is mostly used to bring down countable income that is barely over the standard, so the client can be eligible for a particular benefit. For QMB, SLMB and QI-1, the GIE can be used on unearned or earned income but never […]

Aged, Blind, Disabled (ABD)

Policy Links Regarding ABD

Social Security Early Retirement and Categorical Relationship

Impact of Early Retirement on Eligibility

How to Consider & Code Child Support for ABD-Related Benefits

For ABD-related benefits, child support is generally considered income for the child rather than the parent. If the child support payment is for more than one child, divide the amount received by the number of children for whom it is intended. Example: Martha is applying for ABD benefits for herself and her son John. Her […]

Applications – SSP & Medical Pending Social Security Decision

Q&A on New ABD applications with pending SSA decision.

Special Needs Trust

What a special needs trust is, the criteria that must be met to be a special needs trust, what can be done with the money, what happens when the beneficiary dies, what are a worker’s responsibilities in regard to a special needs trust

Ticket to Work

Ticket to Work is an SSI program to help people who have a disability to find and keep employment.

Income – How to Code Self-Employment (Sole Proprietorship)

Self-proprietorship (one or more people own and run the business) is the most common type of self-employment.

Categorical Relationship – ABD Eligibility after SSI Closure

A client may still be eligible for DHS disability and blindness related benefits if SSI closes their benefit for income or resources.