Social Security update: February direct payment worth $943 goes out in five days

The first Supplemental Security Income payment of the new year, worth up to $943 for individual filers, will go out to recipients in less than one week.

The payment, which will be the first check of 2024 because of a scheduling quirk in the Social Security Administration’s calendar, will be released Thursday.

To qualify for SSI, a person has to receive limited income and meet one of three other requirements: be 65 or older, totally or partially blind, or have a “physical or mental condition(s) that seriously limits their daily activities for a period of 12 months or more, or may be expected to result in death.”

The maximum amount of money a person receives through the program depends on how a recipient files for the payment. There are three categories when filing: individual, joint, or as an essential
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