Amended Rules for Determining Income and Resources Under the SSI Program

The Social Security Administration has amended the rules for counting resources and assets in determining eligibility for SSI. The new rules (1) eliminate clothing from the definition of income and in-kind support and maintenance; (2) eliminate the dollar limit for the exclusion of household goods and personal effects and (3) excludes the recipient’s first car if it is used for transportation of the recipient or member of the recipients household without consideration of the value of the car. The practical effects of these changes are that people can receive gifts of clothing without putting their benefits at risk and can purchase furniture and other household items without risking their benefits. The final rule is posted on the website for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. [Download]