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Will my elderly mother lose her benefits if she moves in with me?

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My elderly mother is becoming more debilitated, and can barely walk now due to severe arthritis and neuropathy. She was in the ER last night with severe pain and was treated and released. I had a talk with her last night and told her that I think it is time for her to live with me, since she her health and mobility are rapidly declining. (we live in TX) She is currently recieving a combined $550.00 a month in SSI/SS, has Medicaid, Star Plus Program, food stamps, and provider services. If she moves in with me and my husband who both work full time, will she lose her benefits?

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I know the food stamp benefit would change. It is based on household income unless your mother is required to purchase her own food and cook it herself.
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I agree with jeannegibbs, you should discuss it with a case worker. for you to have a thorough understanding of the health benefit package of your mother.
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Some of the benefits are based on household income. Those she would lose. Check them all before you decide.
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I'd think these benefits are based on her income and that will not change. I'd say just let them know the new address, or have her benefits direct deposited, and get those POAs done
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What rule do you think would be against her living where ever she wants?
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I just started receiving SSI at the age of 65, as I have been unable to work for some time. I had always thought that mother, who is 84 and receives SS and pension, would eventually live with my husband and me. She is ready to move in with us, and I am worried about violating a rule. Can she still live with me?
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In addition to the suggestions above, regarding SSI you might want to visit the SSI info website which talks about living arrangements

some of the info there states:

Understanding Supplemental Security Income
SSI Spotlight on Living Arrangements
2012 Edition

Does where I live affect how much SSI I can get?
Yes, it can. If you live in your own place and pay your own food and shelter costs, regardless of whether you own or rent, you may get up to the maximum SSI amount payable in your State. You also can get up to the maximum if you live in someone else's household as long as you pay your food and shelter costs. If you live in someone else's household and don't pay your food and shelter costs or pay only part of your food and shelter costs, your SSI benefit may be reduced by up to one–third of the SSI Federal benefit rate.



If it turns out that living with you for free might affect her benefits you might want to look into charging her for room and board, assuming there are no restrictions if the person is living with family to see if that will make her eligible.
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My mother-in-law lived with us for three years. During that time she received her full social security benefit, plus benefits from her Scan Health Plan such as meals, Depends and a caregiver who would come five days a week for three hours a day to help with her needs (bathing, dressing, breakfast, cleaning her room & bathroom, etc. So the answer (at least in California) is NO.
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Since she is on that many services I assume she has a case worker. I would contact that person and schedule an appointment to discuss options and how the benefits would be impacted by a move. Your mother may need to sign some confidentiality waivers for the case worker to talk to you. I really don't think that where she lives has any bearing on SSI or Medicaid but I don't know about the other programs. Get the answers directly from someone who knows the ins and outs of programs in Texas.

Good luck!
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