Which States Have the Best Social Security Disability Benefits?

Regardless of where you live, the Social Security Administration will send Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income recipients the same amount, all else being equal. The benefits for each are based on the beneficiary’s work history or needs.

Depending on where you live, your state may provide a reminder to Supplemental Security Income payments with the amount ranging from tens of dollars to hundreds more every month.

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Who is eligible for Supplementary Security Income?

The people with whom are disabled, blind or aged 65 or over may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Programs are also available for blind or disabled children. SSDI beneficiaries have a qualifying work history, either through their own employment or through a family member, be it a spouse or parent. While SSI recipients are eligible due to limited income and resources, monthly installments provide minimum basic financial assistance.

If you receive SSI, you may also be eligible for Social Security benefits, although they are not identical. When you register for SSI, you basically sign up for both. The SSA will determine your eligibility and the amount to which you are entitled, based on your income, living conditions, marital status and other factors but not about your work history like social security benefits. Your SSDI benefits are set as if you reached full retirement age, when you reach full retirement age, it becomes a retirement benefit.

How much do SSI payments cost?

Based on the Annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), the maximum federal benefit changes each year. In 2022 the federal SSI benefit rate is $841 for an individual and $1,261 for a couple.

The average SSDI benefit for a disabled worker is approximately $1,358.30 per month according to the Social Security Administration in late 2021. The majority of recipients receive modest payments, 85% receive less than $2,000 per month from December 2021.

Which States Pay Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands. This also goes for SSDI, but residents of Puerto Rico although they cannot receive Federal SSI, they can receive Federal SSDI.

All states except four, Arizona, Mississippi, North Dakota and West Virginia, and the Northern Mariana Islands provide additional funding for residents receiving SSI. The difference between the states can range from around $10 per month to several hundred dollars in addition to your federal SSI benefit which remains constant no matter where you live.

Depending on the state, there may be eligibility requirements to receive the monthly reminder as living in a nursing home or other type of residential care facility.

What happens to your SSDI or SSI if you change state?

When you change state, there is no need to reapply for federal SSDI or SSI benefits, but you will need to notify SSA of your move, or if you change residence in your state. Likewise, any other change in your personal or financial circumstances that may affect SSDI, SSI or retirement benefits must be communicated to the SSA.

You have until 10 days after the end of the month inform the SSA or deal with a fine of $25 to $100 for each violation. The penalty will be deducted from your monthly benefit payment. You can do this online via a My Social Security account or by call Social Security at 800-772-1213.

Depending on the state you are moving to, you may need to notify that state’s Department of Social Services to access the SSI Monthly Benefit Reminder.

Indicates that the SSA administers part or all of the state supplement

California, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont and the District of Columbia

States that administer the entire state supplement

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

For more information on state programs and benefit amounts, call Social Security at 800-772-1213, contact the state Medicaid agency or the Department of Human Services.

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