Important Information About October 2014 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) State Supplement Benefits

Starting October 1, 2014, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients in New York State will begin receiving their monthly SSI benefits as two separate payments. The federal Social Security Administration (SSA) will issue the federal portion and New York State will issue the state supplement portion of the benefits.

There will be no changes in the total amount of the monthly benefit, and the payments will arrive on the same day as before (on the first of each month). The payments will be issued the same way as before (either by check, by direct deposit into a bank account, or on a recipient’s Direct Express card).

There will be no changes in SSI recipient eligibility for SSI, Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps).

More information about this change may be found at or by calling 1-855-488-0541.

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What is changing?

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