If I were to get married, I would not want to be a financial burden on my husband because I lost my Social Security.
It is hard enough now as it is with me supporting myself.
To lose the financial help of Social Security is just wrong.
I receive Social Security disability benefits due to my mental illness.
And I don't want to have to be in the position where I have to choose between keeping my benefits or getting married.
People with disabilities should have the same rights as anyone else, and that should include marriage.
People with disabilities on Medicaid who get married and cannot stay on Medicaid do save the Medicaid program some money, but they cost other government programs more.
Beyond these marriage-related SSI benefit and asset restrictions, eligibility for SSI in most states means eligibility for Medicaid.
Medicaid covers services not covered by other health insurance plans such as a personal care aid, certain durable medical equipment, medications, and transportation to medical appointments.
And that is why there is a national movement to get this changed.
I want to share with you how marriage penalties are affecting real people, and why we want them changed, by sharing the perspectives of two other self-advocates: Timothy and Kurtlyn.
Let's say I got married and our joint assets are more than ,000. Then, with my nursing costs alone being more than 0,000 a year our assets would go below ,000 in a matter of months as we spent them down, and I could go back on Medicaid.