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My son is disabled and receives SSI and medical care through

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My son is disabled and receives SSI and medical care through the government. He is engaged to be married to a young lady who is disabled also and receives some SSI and some medical care through the government. We are wanting to know if this Marriage will have a negative effect on their benefits. Its just the two of them, no children involved. Thank you in advance.

Hello! I will be reviewing your question and posting a response momentarily; if you have any follow up questions please respond here. Thanks!

Unfortunately marriage can have a negative impact on benefits;

the marriage itself affects eligibility if the spouse's income/assets are above the threshhold; but I believe the question relates to the monthly payout of benefits-please note that per the following chart, the marital rate is quite lower than the individual rate -

Marital rate:

$1103 for an eligible couple

For an eligible individual it is $735;

please see:

https://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/SSI.html

Per the state's advisory:

Benefits for a married couple, both of whom receive SSI and have no other income, amount to 25 percent less than the total they would receive if they were living together but not as husband and wife

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/issuepapers/ip2003-01.html

The medical insurance coverage will depend what plan they are under:

https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/Pages/Medical-Assistance.aspx

http://www.oregon.gov/oha/healthplan/pages/apply.aspx

If they are received a subsidy through the ACA, that is based on income and the subsidy can be reduced. (that looks at size of household and total income).

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