What if you get Disability Benefits in Texas and move to another state?

Social Security is a federal agency, so it is not a problem to move from state to state; in this case from Texas to another state. However, it is always important for Social Security to have a valid address and phone number for you.

A move never triggers any kind of disability review. In fact, when your initial disability claim was approved a diary date was set for your review and, for most people, that is when your disability claim will be reviewed.

However, there are things that could trigger a disability review; the most common trigger is work activity. Especially, if your work activity is above the substantial gainful activity earning amount. It is very important to report all work activity to Social Security so that you do not get overpaid.

Having said that, even work activity rarely triggers more than a work review unless you are working continuously at an SGA level.

I would like to mention if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI) and move, your disability may go down. The cut in benefits would not be due to Social Security, rather it would be an effect of losing a state subsidy (some states offer a little extra money if an individual is receiving SSI). For example, if you moved from New York (a state that has a subsidy) to a state that does not, you would lose the money that you receive monthly from the state.

So in answer to the question, you can move around all you like...just make sure that Social Security can locate you when your continuing disability review in Texas comes up.

Related: What if you Move out of State after you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI?

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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