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If I lose my SSI payment, will I lose my Medical Assistance?


Not necessarily. If your SSI payment is reduced to $0 by your earnings, the 1619(b) rule may  enable you to keep Medical Assistance as long as (1) your earnings  stay below the Maryland State Threshold or a higher individual threshold if your medical expenses are higher than average and/or you receive publicly-funded attendant care, (2) you continue to meet the other requirements for SSI (not medically improved, not  exceeding limits on resources or unearned income) and (3) you continue to use Medical  Assistance at least annually. If you lose SSI for reasons other than earnings (e.g., you receive too much unearned income or you medically improve), however, 1619(b) will not protect your Medical Assistance.

For More information:

http://www.vcu-ntc.org/resources/WIPA_OtherResources/1619%28b%29%20Factsheet%202015.pdf