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Social Security and Disability benefits can be challenging to navigate, so it’s understandable that beneficiaries and their families often have many questions. One of the most common questions people ask is whether or not moving will impact their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or SSDI benefits. Fortunately, there’s often no reason to worry.

Moving to a Different State

Relocating from one state to another will certainly have an impact on any state benefits or programs. In those instances, you should contact the program office to find out more about what will happen. You may discover similar programs are in other states as well. Going through the application process in your new state can take time, so it’s a good idea to begin the process as soon as possible. Make sure to contact your local SSA office to discuss your move. However, SSDI is federal. Because it’s federal, simply moving from one state to another has no impact on your benefits, although other variables may cause changes.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you won’t run into any issues. You still need to update your address and information. It’s also a good idea to contact the local SSA office near your new home and introduce yourself. Any questions, concerns, or problems you have are most easily answered by someone you know, and who’s familiar with your specific situation. Every case and beneficiary is different. Don’t underestimate the value of a contact person. Having a name, number, and email address is always helpful. An Employment Network with the Ticket to Work program can assist with this.

While simply moving may not result in any unexpected adjustments, a change of living situation certainly could. If you’re living with friends or family members who will be covering much of your expenses, your benefits may be reduced. A change of living situation always has to be reported, and it could have an effect on your benefits received. This is true even if you haven’t moved to a new state.

Many states have their own supplementary benefits. You should learn those details and how they might apply to you. Check the specific requirements in your new home state. You may or may not remain eligible for some additional benefits based on the monthly income limit.

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Out of the Country

SSDI is federal, not international. If you move out of the country for 30 days or more, your payments will stop. After you’ve returned to the United States, your payments won’t resume until you’ve been back for at least 30 days. However, there is at least one exception. Children of military personnel who receive benefits may continue receiving those benefits even when they’re out of the country. This is provided that they have relocated due to their parent’s overseas duty.

If you’re planning to move, you should be familiar with everything it will entail for you and your benefits. Contact the professional team at DisABLEd Workers to learn more. Whether you’re involved in the Ticket to Work Program or receive any other benefits, it’s always best to be informed. A little bit of planning and forethought should help you avoid any issues.