Will my Disability Benefits be Affected if I Move States?

If you are perusing this article, chances are extremely high that you or someone you love have some sort of disability. The Fred London Law Office strives to make every step of your journey in seeking disability assistance as pain free as possible. In the course of treatments for your particular disability it may become necessary to move to a new state in order to be close to a certain specialist, or even to stay with family for assistance in getting around. This can make the process of obtaining disability benefits somewhat tricky. But the Law Office of Fred London can help make the whole process more smooth for you. Having an advocate during every stage of the disability claims process will help you to more easily transition into this new stage and frame of life. There are also just a few basic things you need to know before you pack up and move away.

There are two different types of assistance available to those in need: Social Security Disability Insurance, and Supplemental Security Income. And depending on which type you receive, is what will really impact your overall benefits check. Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI, will never be affected should you move to a new state. Supplemental Security Income is for people with limited income who are blind, disabled, or are 65 and older. Social Security Income benefits are unlike Social Security Disability Insurance in that SSI means you or your close family members have worked and paid into the tax system. With Supplemental Security Income, you do not need to have necessarily worked or paid into the system in order to be receiving benefits.

The Social Security Disability Insurance is from the government and is unaffected by where you live. However, with Supplemental Security Income, that too is from the federal government. The tricky parts come into play when switching states if you are applying for supplemental security income in your new state as well. You will have to apply in your new state for these benefits and will lose the benefits from your previous state of residence. Your benefits may also change if your living situation changes, such as living in an assisted living home, or with family who will be taking care of food and rent. Also, not all states have this supplement to the federal benefits; so in this respect, you may see your overall benefits check change.

In conclusion, if you move states your Social Security Disability benefits will not change. Your Supplemental Security Income may change depending if your new state has a supplemental program for benefits or not. Check out the ssa.gov website for more information on Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability benefits.

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