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Social Security Administration Introduces New Rule: Food Aid Won’t Impact Benefit Payments

New Social Security Administration Rule to Boost Monthly Payments for SSI Recipients by Excluding Food Assistance

New Rule Aims to Increase Monthly Payments for Social Security Recipients

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a new rule to help people get more money each month if they receive certain government benefits. This rule will start at the end of September next year. It means that the SSA will not count food assistance when deciding how much money someone should get from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. SSI helps people with disabilities, blindness or limited income and resources pay for important things like housing, medicine and clothing.

Right now, the SSA looks at things like food or shelter when deciding who should get SSI and how much. But from September 30, they will only look at shelter not food. This change will make it easier for people to get SSI. It means they won’t have to tell the SSA about food help they get from friends or family. Martin O’Malley, the Social Security commissioner says this change will make things simpler and fairer for everyone.

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Streamlined Process Expected to Improve Efficiency and Consistency of SSI Payments

This change will also help the SSA work faster and spend less time keeping track of food help. Right now, over 7 million Americans get SSI or Social Security payments. With this change, people can expect more consistent payments each month without worrying about food help affecting what they get. So, starting next year getting SSI should be easier for those who need it.

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