SSI recipients to see changes in how they get monthly benefits

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Most Supplemental Security Income recipients will see a change in how they receive their monthly benefits beginning Wednesday, the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) reminded SSI recipients today.

Under the change, eligible New Yorkers will receive two benefit payments instead of one payment. One payment will come from the U.S. Social Security Administration, and one will come from the state’s SSI State Supplement Program.

Recipients will continue to receive the same total amount each month, and will continue to receive payments at the same time of the month and in the same way as currently, either by direct deposit or check, the OTDA said. Under the previous payment structure, the Social Security Administration has sent monthly SSI payments to recipients, which were comprised of both a federally-funded SSI benefit and a state-funded SSP benefit.

The change is being made because the state will realize significant savings each year by having OTDA administer the SSP benefits directly instead of paying the Social Security Administration to administer the program on its behalf, said OTDA.

For more information, visit www.otda.ny.gov/programs/ssp online or call 1-855-488-0541.

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