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Which States Have the Highest Disability Benefit Programs to Supplement Social Security Disability?

The onset of a serious long-term or permanent disability often leads to severe financial hardship for the afflicted individual and his or her family.

While the disability benefits that are offered by the Social Security Administration through its Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), also known as Title XVI benefits, aren't always enough to make ends meet, some states offer supplemental disability benefits to help those who are in a financial bind due to a disabling condition. Understanding which states offer the highest disability benefit programs, and what options may be available from the state in which you reside, can be quite confusing.

The information contained in this article will provide some insight into which states offer the highest disability programs to supplement a disabled worker’s Social Security Disability payments.

To understand which states offer the best disability benefit programs, you should first be aware that some states do not offer any supplementary funds to the funds that are provided by the federal government in the form of SSDI or SSI payments. These states include Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Of the states that do offer supplements to Social Security Disability benefits, there are a few that offer somewhat higher-than-average benefit payment amounts. These states are outlined below. Although individual payment amounts will vary depending on a claimant’s specific living situation, household income, and any cost of living adjustments. The amount of supplemental benefits in each state is as follows:

Alaska

An Alaska resident may receive between $45 and $521 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

California

A California resident may receive between $20 and $412 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

Idaho

An Idaho resident may receive between $52 and $473 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

Iowa

An Iowa resident may receive between $22 and $480.55 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

Kentucky

A Kentucky resident may receive between $65 and $520 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

Nevada

A Nevada resident may receive between $24.27 and $391 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

New Jersey

A New Jersey resident may receive between $10 and $363.36 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

New York

A New York resident may receive between $23 and $694 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

North Carolina

A North Carolina resident may receive between $97 and $887 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

Vermont

A Vermont resident may receive between $48.38 and $223.94 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.

Wisconsin

A Wisconsin resident may receive between $83.78 and $179.77 per month in addition to the benefits provided to them by the Social Security Administration.


As mentioned, the exact amount received in any state will depend on your household income, your living arrangements (whether you live alone, with a family member, in an assisted living facility, etc.), and other qualifying criteria.

It is important to note that individuals who may not qualify for additional cash benefits due to the lack of supplemental income provided by their state may still qualify for other benefits, such as food stamps and medicaid coverage. If you or somebody in your family suffers from a serious disabling condition, you should contact the human services agency available in your state to determine exactly what benefits you may qualify for in addition to the federal assistance you receive in the form of SSI or SSDI.