IM-145 08/01/01 SSA COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT
|SSA COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT|
|Due to an error in calculating the Consumer
Price Index, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and other federal
agencies underpaid benefits. On July 1, 2001, SSA began issuing lump
sum payments to cover underpayments in Retirement, Survivors, and Disability
Benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the period of January
2000 to July 2001. Beginning August 1, 2001, SSA will issue corrected
payment amounts. The SSI maximum for a single person will increase
to $531 per month. There is no change in the SSI maximum for a couple.
FOOD STAMP PROGRAM
There will not be a mass adjustment for food stamps. However, beginning August 1, 2001, staff must verify and budget the new SSA/SSI income amounts for certifications and recertifications.
Active Food Stamp Households
Households other than earned income households are required to report when their income changes by more than $25. If an "other" reporting household reports the change in SSA/SSI income, verify and budget the new income amount. Verify and budget the new SSA/SSI income amount at the next certification/recertification.
Earned income households are not required to report unless their total gross income exceeds 130% of poverty. If the change in income reported by the household and results in total gross income of less than 130% of poverty for the household, take no action if the change would cause benefits to decrease. Changes reported by SDX/BENDEX are considered verified upon receipt. Verify and budget the new SSA/SSI income amount at the next certification/recertification.
One-Time Lump Sum Payment for Food Stamps
Consider the one-time lump sum payment from SSA/SSI as a resource when received but do not consider the lump sum payment as income to the food stamp household.
INCOME MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
There will be no mass adjustment for active IM cases. However, if the change in income is reported or is found during an interim action, budget the new income and take appropriate action. Begin using the new SSI maximum on all August 2001, Medical Assistance (MA) applications and adjustments.
Do not consider the lump sum payment as an available resource to the claimant or the claimant's household.