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

March’s Supplemental Security Income payment, worth up to $943 for individual filers, will go out to millions of beneficiaries in under one week.

The payment will go out in five days on Friday to people who struggle with a debilitating disability and have a limited income as a result, according to the Social Security Administration.

In order to qualify for the SSI payments, a person has to be 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 each filer can get depends on the way each of the recipients applied for the payment. There are three categories for beneficiaries to file under: individual, joint, or as an essential person.

Individual filers can receive up to $943 each month, people who filed as a couple can receive up to $1,415 a month, and essential persons get up to $472 each month, according to the SSA. These amounts are an increase of 3.2% from 2023, due to inflation.


The essential person category is for people who live with those receiving SSI payments and provide them with necessary care.

The payments are given on top of regular Social Security benefits, but not every recipient will receive the maximum amount. Filers can see a personalized estimate through the SSA’s calculator.

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