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Will either my girlfriend, or I loose our benefits if we get married from SSI and SSD?

Leesburg, FL |

My girlfriend makes roughly 284$ in SSD and 400$ in SSI, I get 634$in SSD and 27$ in SSI we have been together a long time and want to get married, she has stage 3 cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy and getting other medical things from Medicaid and Medicare. If we got married will one of us loose our benefits? I have been on SSD for about 20years she has been on disability for about 14 years. If it helps any we live in Florida. Thanks for your time and reply.

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    Yes. The maximum benefit rate for 2012when SSI is involved is $1048 for a couple. That will go up slightly in 2013. Your combined SSD rates are $1034, so you will likely both lose some or all of your SSI eligibility. And, their are other risks - there may be an impact on aany medical assistance you get through the Florida Department of Children and Families.

    It is an unfortunate result, I know, but couples are often better off financially running two households and not getting married.

    You might want to a Florida legal aid attorney for some advice about all the risks and benefits of getting marriage - you are smart to think of this before you actually get married!!

    I wish you the best of luck in the future - whatever you choose to do!

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  2. Mr. Ferrell is right. So, you have to make a choice. You can also earn money without losing the benefits.

    R. Jason de Groot, Esq., 386-337-8239

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