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DISABILITY SCOOP: Bill Would Protect SSI Benefits For Couples Who Marry

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Under current law, when two people who rely on SSI marry, their benefits can be at risk because they must jointly report their income.  They would receive 25%  less than they would if they lived together but didn’t marry.  Under  a new bill,  couples (who both rely on Supplemental Security  Income) would be  protected if they choose to marry.  The bill would also ensure SSI wouldn't be affected by marital status-- meaning if a person  receiving benefits marries somebody who doesn't, SSI benefit calculations would only be based  onthe person with the disability  income.  Their spouse's earnings wouldn't be a factor.

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