The Arc of New Jersey Offers Resources on Unemployment Insurance and Social Security Benefits for Those with IDD

August 30th, 2021

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provide crucial income supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), but the COVID pandemic has resulted in major changes to how the Social Security Administration (SSA) functions and it created additional problems for some people with IDD. Additional forms of income supports, such as stimulus payments, unemployment insurance, and revisions to tax credits benefiting low-income individuals, were passed as part of COVID relief. Although many changes have been helpful, some have also had unintended consequences.

The Arc of the U.S. prepared this fact sheet to summarize information for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who have received Unemployment Insurance (UI) during the COVID pandemic. Some of the Unemployment Insurance policies passed by Congress resulted in unintended problems for certain individuals with IDD who received a high amount of UI -- often an additional $600 per week -- which resulted in the termination of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid benefits.

In addition, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, The Arc of New Jersey will offer a free webinar, featuring The Arc of the US Senior Director of Income Policy Bethany Lilly and The Arc of New Jersey Director of Mainstreaming Medical Care Program Beverly Roberts. This webinar will explain these changes and discuss the good news about a recent decision from the SSA that is very helpful for individuals with IDD who lost benefits because they received a high amount of unemployment insurance (UI) during the pandemic. To register, click here.