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Eligible Couples Briefing Paper

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The Social Security Administration defines an eligible couple as two SSI eligible individuals who are legally married under the laws of the State where they have a permanent home, living together in the same household and holding themselves out as husband and wife to the community in which they live, or determined by SSA to be entitled to either husband's or wife's Social Security benefits as the spouse of the other. It is important to understand that eligible couples only exist when both members of the couple are SSI eligible, not when an eligible individual is married to an ineligible spouse. The following link will take you to an Eligible Couple Calculation Chart:
Eligible Couple Calculation Chart