Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases information about changes to the Social Security program. One of those changes that you may be interested in learning more about is how much you'll be able to receive in Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Social Security disability benefits did change in 2020. They are generally altered to account for cost-of-living adjustments. In 2020, those who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will see an increase of 1.6%. How does that break down? Here's a little more information.
The total payable amount of Social Security benefits that you can receive if you are a disabled worker with a spouse and one or more children is $2,176, according to the Estimated Average Monthly Social Security Benefits Payable in January 2020 chart from the SSA. Single disabled workers can receive a maximum of $1,258, compared to a maximum of $1,238 in 2019.
Supplemental Security Income also changed. In 2020, an individual can seek up to $783 per month, while couples can seek up to $1,175 per month, based on the SSI Federal Payment Standard chart.
Every year, you can expect that there may be some minor changes to SSD or SSI. Usually, the change is made to help those on disability or SSI have enough money based on changes in the cost of living. If you notice that your check has gone up, that may be the reason.
If you're looking to seek SSDI, your attorney can talk to you about how much you can expect to receive and the steps that you need to take to obtain the benefits you need to support yourself.