Will Moving to a Nursing Home Affect My SSI Disability Eligibility?

06/26/2013 // Wright Disability Firm // Wright & Wright // (press release)

Millions of people receive nursing home care in the U.S., with a number of these individuals becoming residents of these facilities for the long-term. Many people who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits find themselves in a position where they have to move to a nursing home and have questions about how the transition will affect their continued SSI eligibility.

Moving to a nursing home can lead to the termination of, or lowering of SSI payments if the stay at the facility a recipient moves to is partially paid for by Medicaid. However, depending on one’s state of residency, they may see their benefits supplemented if the move is to a private facility. One may also be eligible for temporary institutionalization benefits, where they will be able to continue receiving their full payment if their nursing home stay will be short-term (90 days or less) and a doctor provides written verification. Because of the number of factors that go into assessing how moving to a nursing home will affect eligibility for SSI recipients, speaking with a disability attorney or advocate is often helpful to get answers to specific questions about one’s particular case.

Wright & Wright, America’s Social Security Disability Firm? is available to help individuals who are receiving SSI benefits, and need assistance determining their options or understanding factors that will affect their eligibility when moving to a nursing home. The firm can also provide information for those who have questions about getting their full SSI benefit reinstated if they have plans to leave the nursing home after a temporary or long-term stay.

Individuals may contact the advocates of Wright & Wright today to receive a free disability case evaluation.

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