Social Security disability is a federal program. You qualified for Social Security disability because you are disabled and you have enough work credits to be eligible for benefits. Your disability and work history remain the same regardless of where you live. Therefore, if you qualify for disability benefits in one state, you should continue to qualify for benefits if you move to a different state.
You should not have to reapply for disability benefits when you move. However, there are some steps that you may take so that you continue to receive Social Security disability benefits without interruption.
How to Continue Getting Social Security Disability When You Move Out of State
The steps for making sure you continue to get Social Security disability benefits are the same whether you move just over the border from one New England state to another or from the West Coast to the East Coast. Specifically, you will want to make sure that you:
- Notify the Social Security Administration of your address change. The Social Security Administration needs to know where to find you. Accordingly, you should change your address online, by phone, or by going to your new local Social Security office.
- Notify the Social Security Administration of any change in your direct deposit bank information. It may take the Social Security Administration some time to verify the bank change. Therefore, it’s essential to provide accurate and complete information about your bank change to the Social Security Administration as soon as you have it.
Moving is stressful. There are a lot of details to take care of that have nothing to do with your Social Security disability benefits. However, it’s essential to remember these details because it is easier to update your address and bank information now than to risk missing benefit payments and having to follow up with the Social Security Administration to get missed payments.
What About My Other Benefits?
While your Social Security disability benefits are based on your work history, which stays the same regardless of where you live, your other federal disability benefits may change based on your state of residence. For example, some states offer supplemental benefits that are based on residency. Additionally, you may currently qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is based on financial need and could change if you move in with relatives or friends who will help you financially.
What If I’m in the Process of Applying for Disability Benefits When I Move?
If your disability application is not already approved, we encourage you to contact an attorney to make sure that your application is complete and progresses without delay. If you are moving to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont, our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are here to help you get the benefits that you deserve.
Get Answers to All Your Social Security Disability Questions
The Social Security disability process can be frustrating and complicated, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our experienced Massachusetts Social Security disability lawyers are here to help you make sure that you get the benefits that you deserve. Our firm concentrates its practice in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont so that we get to know our local hearing offices and can advise our clients accordingly.
We won’t charge you any attorney fees upfront if you apply for initial disability benefits or appeal a denial of disability benefits. Instead, we will be paid a percentage of your back benefits.
Please contact us today to learn more about applying for Social Security disability, appealing a Social Security disability denial, or continuing to get benefits when you move out of state. We offer free consultations by phone or in-person at our conveniently located Natick disability law office. We also invite you to download a free copy of our report, 7 Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim, for more tips about protecting the disability benefits you’ve earned through your years of work.