Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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Why does a Veteran's Spouse lose SSI after a service connected disability is approved?
I am a health care provider for elderly veterans and and have heard from two separate clients that when the husband (veteran's) service-connected disability was approved and VA pension began, the wife lost her SSI, medicaid, and now has to pay a medicare premium of nearly 500$ per month.
I have also heard of instances where the VA pension is reduced when there are other sources of income, but I don't understand why VA pension would impact the spouse's SSI and health care access under medicaid-medicare.
Can you tell me why this happens and if there is any remedy for it?
A concerned caregiver
If the spouse is receiving an SSI disability benefit, there are income and resource limits. If their husband's military disability or pension exceeds those limits their SSI benefits may terminate. This is the case for all non-veterans as well, when another source of income is reported.
I cannot speak for the VA reducing their benefit as I am not versed in VA benefits.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
If I am Awarded Social Security Disability Will My Benefits be Cutoff Later?
Approved for Disability but Medicare being terminated?
Can I lose my disability benefits?
Will Work Cause You To Lose Your Disability Benefits?
Will I lose my disability benefits when my case is being reviewed?
Can my Social Security Disability or SSI benefits be stopped or cutoff?
What to do if your Disability Benefits are stopped
Getting disability benefits restarted after having them stopped due to income
How Long Can You Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
What is qualifying for disability based on?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What are the SSI disability qualifications for Adults and Children?
How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
Working while getting Disability - Is it Possible?
What is Social Security Back Pay?
What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?