What Happens If I Move?

Social Security is a federal entity, but it is dealt with on a state level. As a result of this, moving can have an effect on the filing and receiving of your benefits.

If you move while you are receiving benefits, your benefits will transfer with you. If you are receiving SSD, this is wholly federally administered, and therefore the amount will not change. You must make sure you report your change of address to the Administration, but your benefits will stay the same.

If you are receiving SSI, a part of that amount is federal, and a part of it is given through the state. This section is called the state supplement, and it varies from state to state. Some states, such as Virginia, do not have a state supplemental program. As a result, if you move, you will no longer receiving the state supplement from your original home state. Depending on where you move to, you may receive a different state’s supplement if you qualify and it is available.

In addition, moving means that your living situation is now different. As a result of this, the amount you receive may be adjusted depending on how much your cost of living has changed.

If you move while you are in the middle of the appeal process, you must speak with the Administration. Depending how far along you are in the process, you may have to come back to your home state for the hearing or transfer the case to another state.

The most important thing is to make sure to call the Administration at 1-800-772-1213 with any plans of moving. Your monthly payments can get penalized if you do not report the move right away, and your hearing can get slowed down if a change has to be made.

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