Page Reviewed / Updated – September 29, 2020

Program Description

The Wisconsin Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Exceptional Expense Supplement, abbreviated as SSI-E, provides a subsidy of $95.99 a month to single SSI recipients when there is a demonstrated need for 40 or more hours a month of long-term supportive services or in-home care. Eligible couples can qualify to receive $345.36 in 2020. Individuals do not necessarily have to be receiving 40 or more hours of care, only to have been assessed and found to have the need for that amount of care. Assistance is provided to individuals living at home, in the home of caregivers, in adult family care (sometimes called adult foster care), or in assisted living residences, sometimes referred to as Residential Care Apartment Complexes.

The Exceptional Expense Supplement should not be confused with Wisconsin’s regular SSI State Supplement. All persons eligible for the federal SSI benefit also receive the State Supplement.

Eligibility Guidelines

In addition to the 40 hours of care requirement for the Exceptional Expense Supplement described above, the Supplement requires that the recipient be eligible for SSI. Full qualification information for SSI is available here.  

As of 2020, SSI requires a single individual to have less than $2,000 in countable resources and monthly income less than $783. Married couples are required to have assets less than $3,000 and monthly income less than $1,175. Make note, certain assets are exempt (non-countable) and include one’s home, household furnishings, personal items, and a vehicle.

Benefits and Services

The Exceptional Expense Supplement is valued at $95.99 and $345.36, for an individual and a couple, respectively. It is paid out to SSI recipients over their existing monthly SSI payment which is comprised of the federal SSI benefit and Wisconsin’s supplement. The actual amount may vary based on the location in which the recipient lives. For those who live in Natural Residential Settings, which essentially means those who live at home, the payment may be slightly higher. For those who live in a Substitute Care Facility, which in plain language means assisted living or adult foster care, the subsidy may be slightly less.

Benefit Single Couple
Federal SSI $783 $1,175
WI State SSI Supplement $83.78 $132.05
WI SSI Exceptional Expense Supplement $95.99 $345.36
Possible Totals $962.77 $1,652.41

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How to Apply / Learn More

Although the administering body for this program is the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care, one should not contact them directly. Instead to apply persons should contact their local county department of social or human services. For contact information by county, click here. Alternatively, one can call 1-608-266-1865 for more information. Some limited additional information is available here.

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