Most Social Security Disability and SSI Beneficiaries to Receive One-Time Stimulus Payment

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“the stimulus bill”), Congress has authorized one-time $250 payments to most Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries.  Beneficiaries of either program who were eligible for benefits during November or December 2008 or January 2009 will probably receive the additional payment in May.

People with special needs who receive both SSDI and SSI benefits will receive only one $250 payment, and SSDI beneficiaries under age 18 (or 19 if they are still in school) will not receive any payments at all. However, anyone receiving a payment does not have to worry about the additional income affecting his/her government benefits — the stimulus payments do not count as “income,” for either program and will not count as an available resource for nine months following receipt of the funds.