Mass SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)



Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP) Questions and Answers

ATTENTION:   Changes to SSI State Supplement Program (SSP) as of April 1st
SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a federal program of the Social Security Administration that provides monthly payments to certain individuals 65 or older, blind or disabled.
Massachusetts provides additional money to SSP recipients who live in this state.   Until now, the federal government has been directly depositing both payments to peoples' bank accounts or by mailing them checks.
As of April 1st, there will be a new system for receiving SSI payments.   If you currently receive one (combined) check from Social Security you will receive a check from Social Security and from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   If you normally have the check deposited in the bank for you, you will see two deposits that will add up to the same amount.   The Massachusetts deposit appears as "SSI SUPP".   This change allows the state to save money by administering its own payment system.
In sum, your SSI payment will be the same but you will receive payments from the federal government and from Massachusetts.   The conversion will occur automatically and your payment totals will not be affected.
If you have any questions about this change, please call the Massachusetts SSP Customer Service Center at 1-877-863-1128.   Thank you.
Cynthia Phillips, State SHINE Director, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs









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