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Can you transfer SSI benefits to another state?

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A recipient of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can transfer these benefits to another state, but the monthly benefit amount may be different in the new state. Although SSI is a federal benefit, some states add additional money called a state supplemental payment to this federal payment. If the recipient moves to a state that does not include this payment, then his or her monthly benefit payment may be less than in the former state of residence.

Since 2011, all states in the United States include an additional state payment with the exception of Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia and Tennessee. If a SSI recipient moves to one of these states, then he or she will only receive the federal payment.

Another factor that may affect SSI benefits is if a person's living circumstances change when moving to a new state.  An example is if the recipient in the old state lived alone and paid for his or her housing and food, but moves in with others in the new state and will not be paying these expenses. In this case, there may be an adjustment to the SSI benefits.

The Supplemental Security Income program began in 1974. The Social Security Administration administers this program. To be eligible to receive these benefits, the recipient must have a limited income. He or she must also be more than 65 years of age or have a disability.

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