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Every year Social Security provides information about the changes for the upcoming year. And as you might guess some of these changes will be important to SSDI and SSI disability beneficiaries and applicants. The 2019 Social Security changes are as follows:

SGA limits for 2019 are $1220.00 for non-blind individuals and $2040.00 for blind individuals. These amounts are gross monthly earnings not net earnings. Both SSI and SSDI applicants must go through an SGA evaluation to be eligible to receive a medical disability determination. If the applicant is earning above the SGA limit their disability claim may be denied without being sent for a medical decision.

If you are receiving SSDI disability benefits earning over the SGA limit could make you ineligible for your disability benefit any month your earnings are over the limit.

If you are receiving SSI disability, earnings of any kind could affect your SSI disability eligibility or you monthly benefits amount. Be sure to report all work activity timely so that you will not be overpaid.

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The 2019 SSDI trial work month amount will be $880.00. Trial work months are nine non-consecutive months that you are allowed to earn over the SGA limit without it affecting your eligibility for disability benefits. Trial work months can occur anytime in a five-year period. Now for the part that causes problems for SSDI beneficiaries, recipients often do not realize they have used a trial work month with earnings that are less than SGA. In 2019, you will have used a trial work month if your earnings are more than $880.00 gross.

SSI Federal Payment Standard amounts will change in 2019. If you are an individual receiving SSI disability benefits, the maximum monthly amount payable will be $771.00. If you are a couple receiving SSI disability benefits, your couple’s limit will be $1,157.00 per month.

SSI disability resource limits remain the same, $2000.00 for an individual and $3000.00 for a couple. The SSI student exclusion monthly limit for 2019 is $1870.00 per month with an annual limit of $7550.00.

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