*** The Health Care Programs Manual (HCPM) has been replaced by the Minnesota Health Care Programs Eligibility Policy Manual (EPM) as of June 1, 2016. Please refer to the EPM for current health care program policy information. ***

Chapter 04 - Social Security Administration (SSA) Benefits

Effective:  May 1, 2009


Archived:  June 1, 2016 (Previous Versions)

Social Security Administration Benefits

Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two cash benefit programs:

l  Retirement Survivors Disability Insurance (RSDI).

l  Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

These programs are not interchangeable. Each program is administered by the federal government but has its own unique rules and regulations.

Both the SSA and the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) determine eligibility for Medicare depending on what type of benefits a person receives. The RRB administers Medicare for current or former railway workers only.

This chapter provides policy on SSA benefits.

Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).



Referrals for Social Security Benefits.


Medicare and Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP).

Referrals to Medicare.

Social Security Claim Numbers.

Representative Payees.

Verification and Documentation of SSI and RSDI.

For more information on how to apply these benefits to Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) see the following chapters:

Income - RSDI and SSI Income.

Income - Lump Sum Income.

Income Calculation.


Insurance - Cost Effective Insurance.

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