Moving to Another State With Social Security Disability

Introduction

Moving to another state does not affect your ability to keep your Social Security Disability payments, which are federal benefits administered by the government. However, there are some steps you can take before or right after your move to ensure that your Social Security checks or direct deposits are not delayed. In some cases, you may even receive an increased benefit check if you move to a state such as California that has a higher cost of living.

Changing Your Information

It is important to call the Social Security Administration or visit a local office to make sure your benefits are properly transferred. This is an easy process, but it may require some time to complete. You will want to make sure you have a new address for your benefits check. If you are receiving direct deposit, then you just need to update your information with the Social Security office. You can find your local office by visiting the Social Security website (see Resources below) or try to get service by calling (800) 772-1213. Keep in mind that the telephone lines may have extended hold times, and you may get the quickest service of updating your address by visiting a local branch.

State Benefits

When changing your state of residence with Social Security, it is important to keep in mind that the federal government does not directly administer state benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps. You will need to visit the Social Services office in your new state if this applies to your financial status to apply for benefits such as health insurance and food stamps. However, some states such as California will not issue food stamps to people receiving Social Security disability payments.