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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP). State Administration of the SSP January 24, 2012 1 Ashburton Place 21 st floor Conference Room Boston January 26, 2012 Webinar. Welcome and Introductions. Welcome and Introductions Today you will hear

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massachusetts ssi state supplement program ssp
Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

State Administration of the SSP

January 24, 2012

1 Ashburton Place

21st floor Conference Room

Boston

January 26, 2012

Webinar

welcome and introductions
Welcome and Introductions
  • Welcome and Introductions
    • Today you will hear
      • About the transfer to state administration
      • Goal of a seamless system
      • Outreach Transition Plan Timeline to April 1st
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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

Overview

  • The MassachusettsSSI State Supplement Program (SSP) is a Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) program.
  • The program provides additional cash payments that supplement federal SSI benefits.
  • Those supplemental payments have become what is now known as the “SSI State Supplement Program” or “SSP.”
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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

Overview

  • In Massachusetts state supplemental payments have been administered by the Social Security Administration to SSI recipients since the program’s inception in 1974.
  • Massachusetts will become the 43rd state to administer its own SSP due to the rising cost of federal administration.
  • Benefit levels for SSP payments will not change.
  • The Commonwealth currently pays in excess of $25M per year to the Social Security Administration to administer the SSP.
  • Projected annualized savings from state administration are approximately $15M, increasing annually as the federal cost increases and the state cost decreases.
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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

In April, Massachusetts will become the 43rd state to administer its own SSP

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MassachusettsSSPStateAdministration

  • Transition to State Administration:
  • Eligibility requirements for SSP will not change
  • Application for SSI or SSP will not change
  • SSP payment amounts will not change
  • SSP payments will be paid on the same day as SSI payments
Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)
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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

SSA Administration

Current Program Model

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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

Program Model State Administration as of

April 1, 2012

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There are approximately 196,000 recipients in Massachusetts

  • 91% are eligible for SSI benefits
  • 9% of the total recipients are eligible for SSP-Only
Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)
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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

Disability Determinations

  • SSA will continue to determine disability for all SSI and SSDI recipients.
  • UMass Disability Evaluation Services (DES) will determine disability for the SSP caseload who are not eligible for SSI or SSDI, less than 1%.
        • Applicants with a valid determination on file with DES will not be subject to another evaluation.
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Massachusetts SSI State SupplementProgram (SSP)

  • Recipients of SSI and SSP will receive two payments to be issued at the same time:
          • An SSI Payment from SSA
          • An SSP Payment from the state
  • Recipients of SSP-Only will receive one monthly payment from the state.

SSPPayments

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Massachusetts SSI StateSupplement Program (SSP)

SSPCustomerServiceCallCenter

  • Beginning Monday, February 13, 2012, the SSP Customer Service Call Center will be available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Toll-Free Number: 877-863-1128

  • All contact with recipients will be handled by phone or mail.
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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

After April 1, 2012

    • Eligibility requirements are NOT changing.
    • Payment amounts are NOT changing.
    • If SSI/SSP eligible, you will receive
        • Your SSI payment from the Social Security Administration.
        • Your SSP payment from the state.
  • If SSP-Only eligible, you will receive
        • Your SSP payment from the state.
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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)

  • SSI recipients will continue to report changes to the Social Security Administration.
  • SSP-Only recipients will report changes to the state to the Customer Service Center.
  • The SSP Customer Service Call Center will handle all SSP inquiries.
  • Information will also be provided through a Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program website at EHS.

After April 1, 2012

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Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)
  • An application for SSI will continue to serve as an application for SSP.
  • Approval for SSI benefits will continue to result in approval for SSP.
  • Cases denied SSI due to income will be considered by the state for SSP eligibility.
  • All current info used by Medicaid and DTA to administer programs will continue to be provided.

AfterApril 1, 2012