Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is provided to Louisiana residents who are either disabled or blind. Louisiana applicants who meet basic eligibility criteria can qualify for this funding regardless of age. Basic eligibility criteria includes a limitation on the amount of income earned by the applicant and certain living arrangement requirements. The majority of SSI income in Louisiana is provided by the Social Security Administration. The State of Louisiana provides supplemental funding for approved recipients.
Determination of Eligibility and Application for SSI
Louisiana residents may determine their eligibility for SSI on the Internet by using the Social Security Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool. In determining the applicant’s eligibility, the screening tool checks to ensure the applicant does not make too much income, does not own too many resources, meets disability requirements, and does not live with someone who has too many resources. Applicants may apply for SSI benefits by visiting one of the 24 Louisiana Social Security Offices.
Louisiana Supplemental Payments
As of 2008, the State of Louisiana provided an additional $415,702 to the SSI program. This supplemental funding accounts for approximately 21 percent of income received by Louisiana SSI recipients. The SSI subsidy is administered by the Louisiana Bureau of Health Services Financing.
Number of Louisianans Covered
As of 2009, 4,301 Louisiana residents received SSI payments.
Amount of Payment
According to the Social Security Administration, as of 2010, the federal SSI benefit rate is $674 for an individual and $1,011 for a couple. This amount does not take into account the Louisiana state subsidy. It is important to note that the amount of the SSI payment is subject to decrease based on the recipient's income level.
Social Security Disability Insurance
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) should not be confused with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is provided to disabled workers who have previously made contributions to the social security fund. SSI recipients are not required to have made this contribution.