The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards for 2017.


SSI Federal Benefit Rate for an Individual: $735.00

SSI Federal Benefit Rate for a Couple: $1,103.00

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Limit: $1,170.00 (Blind SGA: $1,950.00)


Minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $24,180

Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $120,900

Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $3,022.50

The minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance for the lower 48 states remains $2,002.50 ($2,502.50 for Alaska and $2,302.25 for Hawaii) until July 1, 2017.

Home Equity Limits:

Minimum:   $560,000

Maximum:  $840,000

For CMS’s complete chart of the 2017 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards, see below:

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