Are Disability Benefits Different Depending on Which State You Live?

SSA payments state to state

Category: Disability Law , Social Security

Brevard County Florida gets its share of people coming and going. We have a sizable “snow bird” population ie., people that live here during the winter months and live up north during the summer months. We also have people that rotate in and out of the area for many different reasons. In fact, a lot of Florida is like that.

From time to time we get asked the question “Are Disability Benefits Different Depending on Which State You Live?” Most benefits offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) pay the same no matter where you live. In this article we will go over some factors that may cause the payment amount to deviate.


Social Security Disability Insurance is not impacted by where you live. These benefits are based on the amount of years you have worked as well as the amount of money you have earned in that time period.


The Supplemental Security Income Program are federally issued on a financial need basis. Where you live may actually affect this payment amount and many states have additional supplemental programs to cover the differences.


A majority of states automatically enroll you in Medicaid if you are approved for SSI coverage. Some states independently decide as to whether an applicant is eligible for Medicaid or not. Those states are:

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah

Ten states in particular use a more stringent set of rules when deciding which applicant receives Medicaid benefits. Moving to and from these states will definitely affect your Medicaid coverage.

  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Virginia


If you move across state lines it is important to let the SSA know. This way they can update your records, make sure the payments are going to the right places and advise you to any changes that may occur as a result of you moving.

You can find out more about this topic by going to the SSA website. If you need legal advise or representation on these matters please do not hesitate to contact us.


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