Will moving to another state affect my Social Security benefits?

by Clauson on February 2, 2018



If you have to move out of the state that you are in, you don’t have to re-apply for Social Security disability benefits. The disability program is a federal government program so your approval will drag over to where ever you move. It is critical to notify Social Security of you move and change of address though. Here are some reasons why you should notify them:

Moving another state will affect my Social Security benefits

  • If you are receiving your checks through the mail, SS will need the new address to send that to avoid resending and delaying your payment.
  • If you are getting Supplemental Security Income, your move is critical to your payments because it could have different rules depending on the state you’re moving to.
  • Keeping SS up to date on your information

Your SS and SSI will not be affecting by your move and you will not have to go through the whole application again. You should check if the state you’re moving to has any special rules regarding SSI benefits. Your SSI benefit could increase or decrease depending on where you more. Here are some factors you need to consider if you are going to more:

  • Unfortunately, there are some states that do not pay SSI benefits: West Virginia, Tennessee, North Dakota, Mississippi, Arizona and Arkansas.
  • Though this is a federal government program, some states administer their own supplements: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington.
  • These states have the SSA direct the SSI program for them: California, Hawaii, Montana, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Iowa, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah, Michigan, New York, and Vermont.

It is important to know that some states requirements may be different than others regarding the SSI program. Because of this, you may have to reapply for supplemental benefits, but your benefits will not be affected during this process, but the amount might change. You will have to apply again, if you are moving to a state that administers their own program.

Be aware of all of these factors before making a move to another state if you are getting benefits from either program because your monthly income might change. It is critical to notify Social Security of your new address change as well as if you are moving in with someone that could help your finances. If you are moving in with someone, this can affect the amount you receive for SSI or even your eligibility.

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