Medical Eligibility

Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Related Programs

People who would receive SSI payments
if not for Social Security cost of living increases

People who would receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if not for Social Security Cost of Living increases may be eligible for Medical Assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A person must have been entitled to a Social Security benefit and have been eligible for and received a SSI benefit in the same month anytime since April 1977, but now terminated from SSI.
  • A person must be currently eligible for and receiving Social Security benefits.
  • The applicant would currently be eligible for SSI after excluding the cost-of-living increases that have been made since the loss of SSI.
  • The resource limit is $2,000. Resources includes items such as checking or savings accounts and certificates of deposit.

Covered Services

Individuals who are eligible are entitled to full Medical Assistance coverage. Covered services include doctor appointments, hospital stays, dental and vision services, prescription drugs, rehab/therapy, chiropractic, etc.


  • An application can be found on the forms and publications page.
  • After completing the application, return it to the Department of Social Services office where you live. If you need assistance completing this application, contact your local DSS office.