It is not uncommon for VA disability lawyers to be asked about what happens when you receive disability benefits and need to move to another state. Many people are concerned that they will have to reapply for the benefits or they will stop receiving payments during their move. How your disability payments may be affected will depend on the type of benefits that you receive.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits
If you are receiving SSDI, your VA disability lawyers will inform you that your benefits will not change at all. The most important thing that you must do is change your address with the Social Security Administration (SSA) when you move so that they have current contact information. Additionally, if you change banks, you will need to provide the new banking information to the SSA so they can make future deposits into the right account. It is recommended that you do not close your old account until the payments begin in your new bank.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
If you are receiving SSI, your benefits may change. There are several factors that will be considered when you move that may impact your ability to receive the same amount of benefits.
Many states contribute to the SSI program. These contributions are not mandatory and no specific contribution level is required. If you currently live in a state that contributes to the SSI program and move to a state that does not, or contributes less, your benefits will change accordingly.
Income and Asset Changes
If your move changes your income and asset level, your ability to receive SSI payments may also change. The SSA has a very complicated set of rules for qualifying for SSI benefits, as your VA disability lawyers will explain, and any type of financial change can impact your ability to receive benefits. Changes in income levels could include divorce, marriage, alimony payments, unemployment benefits, in-kind income changes such as help with rent or food costs, and if you become employed. Each of these factors will be reconsidered when you move to another state before you are approved to continue with benefits. It is also important to remember to change all of your contact and banking information with the Social Security Administration when you move and wish to continue to receive SSI benefits. Failure to change this information could result in loss of all benefits.
Speak with VA Disability Lawyers About Your Disability Benefits
If you need to apply for disability benefits, have recently been denied benefits, or you have moved and need to re-qualify for disability payments, you are encouraged to speak with attorney David M. Hicks about your case. Our dedicated staff can assist you with all types of disability claims, regardless if they are brand new case or if you need to file an appeal. Call 314.812.4885 and schedule a free case evaluation with VA disability lawyers who aggressively represent their disabled clients.