Social Security Administration

Older Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients Work Less Frequently Than Their Younger Counterparts, But Use Work Incentive 1619(B) at Higher Rates

DataNote No. 77 2022

Data Note 77 examines Social Security Administration data that shows that younger SSI recipients were three times more likely to be working than older SSI recipients. However, younger recipients participated in work incentives at a lower rate compared to older SSI recipients. 

Summary of Statedata: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes Through 2018

DataNote No. 71, 2021

This data note summarizes the findings from the National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes Through 2018. Overall, the findings suggest that across data sources, people with IDD experience greater levels of unemployment, underemployment, low wages, and poverty compared to those without disabilities.

Despite Some Gains, Social Security Administration Data Show a Low Level of Workforce Participation Among SSI Recipients

DataNote No. 58, 2017

This data note discusses the low level of workforce participation among SSI recipients by age groups. Findings show that younger SSI recipients (ages 18–39) constituted 36% of the total SSI recipients and their workforce participation was over 3 times higher compared to the 40–64 age group, at 11.2%.

Federal Data Snapshot of Puerto Rico on Individuals with Disabilities

This Data Note is the second in a series on the territories produced by the Access to Integrated Employment project, focusing on the secondary data analysis of federal data sets. The purpose is to describe the employment outcomes of adults with disabilities in the territory of Puerto Rico, drawing from a variety of data sources that are typically analyzed for individual U.S. states.

SSI recipients with disabilities who work and participation in 1619b

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federally funded program that provides cash assistance for basic needs. Individuals with a low-income who are over the age of 65, blind, or have a disability are eligible for assistance. SSI beneficiaries typically also receive health insurance coverage through Medicaid. Losing Medicaid benefits can be of concern for SSI recipients with disabilities who desire to work, or are currently working. Section 1619b of the Social Security Act allows individuals to work and continue to receive Medicaid assistance when their earnings are too high to qualify for SSI cash payments as long as they meet other eligibility requirements for the SSI program and continue to need Medicaid in order to work.