Three Generation Family

Aid to the needy, disabled & blind

Supplemental Security Income Colorado Supplement

The Aid to Needy Disabled/Supplemental Security Income/Colorado Supplement (AND/SSI/CS) Program is provided for by Title XVI of the Federal Social Security Act and sections 26-2-103, 26-2-104, 26-2-106(6), 26-2-108, and 26-2-119 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

The SSI payment is made directly to clients by the Social Security Administration with 100% Federal funds. The Colorado Supplement is funded with 80% State funds and 20% County funds. The Colorado program provides both financial payments and medical assistance for disabled Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who meet the following criteria:

An applicant must be a citizen of the United States (through birth or naturalization) or legal immigrants lawfully admitted for permanent residency.

The applicant or recipient must be able to verify his/her residence in Colorado and the fact he/she intends to remain in Colorado. There is no minimum length of residency requirement.

Income may not exceed the current standard of assistance. The maximum SSI benefit level is adjusted annually.

Certain resources are exempt. In addition to these, an applicant or recipient may have countable resources to a limit of $2,000.00 for a recipient, $3,000.00 for a couple.

There is no age requirement for the AND/SSI-CS Program.

Pursuant to section 1634 of the Social Security Act, Colorado and the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) have entered into an agreement under which the SSA determines both financial and medical assistance (Medicaid) eligibility for SSI applicants. Individuals who are determined to be eligible for SSI shall not be required to complete or sign a separate state application for medical assistance. A separate application must be completed for an applicant to receive the Colorado Supplement and/or long term care services. Additionally, there are trusts that do not effect SSI eligibility, but render the individual ineligible for Medicaid. All trusts must be evaluated by HCP&F.

Processing Standards:
The State must approve an individual for Medicaid within 10 days from the date the Social Security Administration notifies the State that an applicant is newly eligible for Medicaid. These individuals are automatically added to Medicaid rolls and issued Medicaid cards.

Information Sharing:
The county department, upon obtaining or receiving information that may affect the SSI recipient's eligibility, shall forward such information to the local SSI office.

Colorado's Aid to the Needy Disabled/Blind (STATE AND)

  • This program provides cash payment each month
  • Low income adults aged 18-59 years with total work disabilities may be eligible for STATE AND
  • If the primary diagnosis is alcoholism or controlled substance addiction, the maximum period of eligibility is 12 cumulative months
  • STATE AND may also provide temporary financial assistance while eligibility for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is pending
  • All STATE AND applicants must also apply for Supplemental Security Income. However, the STATE AND applicant does not need to be found eligible for SSI in order to receive STATE AND benefits
  • Note: If approved for SSI, the STATE AND individual will have to repay some STATE AND representing duplicate payments from the first SSI check
  • The new STATE AND Medically Correctable Pilot Program will provide medical treatment to some STATE AND recipients not eligible for Medicaid coverage to correct a disability so the person can return to employment. This medical coverage is provided only in the Medically Correctable Program

STATE AND recipients may also qualify for:

  • Food Stamp benefits
  • Financial assistance to reduce winter heating Costs (LEAP)
  • Discount on monthly QWEST telephone bill
  • No medical coverage is provided

To qualify for STATE AND benefits you must:

  1. Be between 18 - 59 years old
  2. Have been or expect to be totally disabled for six months or more.
  3. Have gross income below the current monthly benefit (Income is anything which can be used to purchase food, clothing, or shelter. Some examples include wages, social security, pensions, child support, and unemployment benefits.) Your spouse's income may affect your eligibility.
  4. Have resources below $2,000 for an individual, $3,000 for a couple.(Resources are any money that remains unspent from a prior month. Some examples include cash, checking and saving accounts, stocks, bonds, some insurance policies and secondary property.)
  5. Cooperate with alcohol or controlled substance programs and remain substance- free if your disability's primary diagnosis is drug or alcohol addiction.
    • Be a US citizen or eligible alien
    • Be a resident of Colorado, and,
Human Services - Rifle
195 West 14th Street Building A
195 West 14th Street, Building D
Rifle, CO  81650
Email Human Services

970-625-5282 | phone
970-625-0927 | fax

  Human Services - Glenwood Springs
108 8th Street, Suite 300
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601
Email Human Services

970-945-9191 | phone
970-928-0465 | fax

privacy policy