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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.

Comments

Hi there,
It may vary based on certain criteria, you may want to contact the office in your state that handles supplemental income.

Hi Kathy,

You should contact the SSA. Their number is 1-800-772-1213.

I'm moving from Mississippi to California and I am already receiving disability for my son and I am also, when we move to California would our disability go up or remain the same?

Hi Ann,

Social Security is a federal program not a state program so it should not change when you move.

Benefits are higher in Cali. My father in law gets 920 right now and my hubby only gets 750 in Oregon. But we get food stamps to and my father in law doesn't

Hi Theresa,

Social Security benefits are a federal program, not a state program so the amount you are granted remains the same from state to state.

Is North Carolina where one gets the most amount in state supplement?
Could there be a way to find out how much I'd get if I went there?
I get more in CA than most other states.

Hi John,

North Carolina does offer some of the highest state supplements. This supplement varies based on individual circumstances, so it would be best to contact the state office if you have more specific questions.

I receive said benefits for myself and I have a teenage son if I move to another state will my benefits go up or remain the same

Hi Brenda,

Social Security disability benefits are a federal program so, they remain the same no matter what state you live in.

Hi Patricia,

Your benefits will not be affected at all because the SSA is a federal and not a state program. You should notify the SSA of any address change though.

Hi Caroll,

That wouldn't be SSDI or SSI benefits because is a federal program.

I currently live in Ohio. SSI is my only income. Would I lose my SSI if I move to Puerto Rico? If so are there other income sources available to me?

Hi Teresa,

Your benefits will stay the same if you move to state. However, you should notify the SSA when you do change your address. Just so they have the most up to date information regarding your case.

Hi Gennie,

If you are currently on SSDI or SSI benefits, your payments won't be affected if you move state to state.

I am looking to move from Ohio to Georgia,I'm currently on disability in Ohio, will moving to Georgia help me.Ohio really has nothing to offer.

Hi Debra,

In terms of SSDI beenfits, no simply because it is a federal program and not a state one.

Hi Mike,

It won't be cut because you are moving to another state. You should still notify the SSA of any address change.

If i marry my long time partner of 23 years and I am 69 and he draws ssdi and is 59 will i recieve benefit from his income

I'm 48, former USMC and former firefighter. I have chronic health issues related to all. Pancreatitis and liver issues
Neck back and hips
Knees
Sinuses
Hearing loss
I started working in 1985. Last day I recently worked was Feb 2019.
I've had a total of about 6 years on/off unemployment.
I live in CO.
How much can I make if can get SSDI? I can no longer hold down a job so it's this is or.....

Hi Micheal,

The amount you may be awarded varies on a case to case basis! You likely have enough work credits if you were paying into Social Security while working and you can check the SSA's Blue Book to see if the conditions you are experiencing meet the qualifications!

My husband is on disability, and I have applied for disability. Is there a Max limit on what we are allowed to receive each month between the two of us? Would his benefits be cut if I was to receive full disability.

Hi,

Disability Benefits are based on each individuals work and medical history. Therefore if you are approved, this should not have an affect on the benefits that he receives.

I am moving from California to Texas. I was told even though I have SSA & SDI in Cali. I could take as big a hit as $120 a month less moving to Texas?

Hi Liza,

It shouldn't be less because you are moving to Texas. You should still notify the SSA of any address change.

I wanted to know how I go about what ssd and ssi payments would be affected if we move from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. We both receive food stamps and Medicaid. Would what we receive change or stay the same? Who do I contact to find out about relocating?

Hi Lisa,

Your SSI benefits should not change because you are moving to another state. You should notify the SSA of any address change. 1 (800) 772-1213

Hi Lisa,

Your SSI benefits should not change because you are moving to another state. You should notify the SSA of any address change. 1 (800) 772-1213

Hi Rick,

It varies depending on what type of benefits you're receiving, where you're moving to and how long you plan to live out of the country. Because there are so many different variables, your best bet would be to call the SSA or visit your local SSA office (make an appointment first). You call them both t ask and make an appointment at 1-800-772-1213.

Hi,

The states listed are those that offer somewhat higher benefits due to additional supplements. You can expect Virginia to have benefits that fall in line with the average.

Hi Janine,

There are two types of benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI, sometimes informally referred to as SSD), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Though they have the same medical requirements, SSDI requires a specific amount of work credits while SSI requires you are under a specific income limit.

I receive federal and state ssi, and also social security income for disability in wisconsin. If I move to florida, will this change? Thank you!

Hi Sandy,

Your federal benefits should continue when you move from one state to another.

I have a payee. My bank card got lost I received a new one. Do I have to call social security to give them new card number. Also will I still get the corn 19 check in same bank?

Hi Melanie,

I would call the SSA to have your account information changed. As for the stimulus check, I do not know the specific around it.