Ukrainian refugees in the US will receive a pension and health insurance: details

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Ukrainian refugees in the US will receive a pension and health insurance: details

The USA will start paying pensions and also provide health insurance to Ukrainians who arrived in the country after the war began. Find out in more detail what new assistance the country's government will provide and what documents are required to receive it

An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
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Retirees from Ukraine who arrived in the U.S. after the outbreak of full-scale war will be able to receive the government's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pension. This was reported by the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

SSI is a government pension paid to low-income people over age 65 and people with disabilities.

What amount of pension will be paid to Ukrainians?


The amount of the payment depends on the state in which the refugee resides. In 2023, the minimum will be $914 per month for a single person or $1,371 for a married couple.

Necessary documents for registration of pension


To apply, contact your nearest Social Security Administration office. You need to have with you:

• passport;
• form I-94;
• Social Security number (if available);
• information on income and available savings;
• information about the housing situation (lease contract or information about relatives with whom the applicant lives).

If you are applying for a disability pension, you must provide information about the diagnosis, treatment and contact details of doctors.

The complete list of documents, depending on the situation, is available at the link.

What benefits will be available to refugees from Ukraine in the USA?


Ukrainians who are not of retirement age can apply for federal benefits that will be effective within a year after receiving temporary protection status. You can get the following help:

1. Financial support through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
2. Medical insurance through "Medicaid";
3. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance.

In addition, the Office for Refugee Resettlement (ORR) helps with job search preparation and direct employment, supports English language learning and advises on obtaining medical assistance.

How can Ukrainians get help in the USA?


Contact the government aid office in the state you are in or the nearest refugee resettlement office. See the list of institutions here.

We will remind you! Ukrainians who found refuge in the USA automatically received the right to employment. How to look for a job in America and what rules exist for refugees, read in our article at the link.

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