Recipients of Supplemental Security Income are set to receive their second December payment by the end of the month, with the final payment of the year to be slightly higher than the rest.
Eligible recipients will receive their second payment of $914 on Dec. 30, equaling a total of $1,755 for the month, according to the Social Security Administration. The second installment of December’s payments is higher than the first payment of $814, partly in response to the rising yearly cost-of-living adjustments to keep up with inflation.
The increased payment of $914 will last throughout the 2023 calendar, according to the SSA.
December is one of three months in the year in which people receive two Supplemental Security Income payments. The other months with two installments this year were April and September.
The double payments offset the months in which no payment is sent out to ensure eligible recipients receive 12 payments a year, according to the schedule. These months include January, May, and October.
Eligible couples will receive two payments of $1,261 for the month of December, with that amount increasing to $1,371 in 2023. Essential persons, meaning someone who lives with a person receiving Supplemental Security Income and provides necessary care, will receive one payment of $421 and a second payment of $458, to be paid out on the same days.
The Social Security Administration issues monthly SSI checks on the business day prior to months that begin on a weekend or holiday to ensure recipients have the check by the first of the month, according to the agency. December is one of these months because Jan. 1, 2023, occurs on the weekend and is a holiday.
This same type of double payment will occur in March, June, September, and December of 2023.