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Non-Disability Issues

Once an applicant for SSI has met the disability criteria for medical eligibility for the program, SSA will then determine whether other numerous “non-disability” rules are met. These non-disability standards include income and resources, living arrangements, deeming of income or resources, transfer of assets and other penalties, non-citizen restrictions, residency and more. This section sets forth resources available to assist in navigating the maze of SSA’s non-disability issues.




Charts showing expected monthly Social Security retirement benefit payments, based upon annual earnings and retirement age.

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Since 1975, Social Security's general benefit increases have been based on increases in the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. We call such increases Cost-Of-Living Adjustments, or COLAs. Because there has been a decline in the Consumer Price Index, there will be no cola payable in 2011.


The Direct Express debit card is a prepaid card offered to those individuals receiving Social Security and SSI benefits.  The card has been available nationally since the summer of 2008.

COLA Debit Cards




This section provides users with articles, training materials, and other resources addressing New York’s community of Deaf and disabled victims of intimate partner violence.

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The protections afforded Social Security and SSI recipients under 42 U.S.C §407 has provided that, with few exceptions, Social Security and SSI benefits are exempt from creditors.


The Social Security Act prohibits payment of benefits to people who are fleeing to avoid prosecution for a crime which is a felony; are fleeing to avoid custody or confinement after conviction for a crime which is a felony; or are violating a condition of probation or parole imposed under federal or state law. The Act also prohibits some individuals from serving as representative payees. The Act further requires that SSA exchange information about fugitive felons and probation or parole violators with law enforcement.

Exemption/Bank Accounts Fleeing Felons




This section contains information on Non-Citizenship and Disabilty Benefits.

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An overpayment occurs when Social Security pays you more than you should have been paid. If this happens, we will notify you and your representative payee, if you have one. Our notice will explain why you have been overpaid, your repayment options, and your appeal and waiver rights. You should read the notice carefully.


You can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. But, if you are younger than full retirement age and earn more than certain amounts, your benefits will be reduced. It is important to note, though, that these benefit reductions are not truly lost. Your benefit will be increased at your full retirement age to account for benefits withheld due to earlier earnings.

Overpayments Work Rules