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How Do States Differ in Handling SSD Claims?

July 20, 2021

Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Because the SSA is a federal agency, the rules for receiving disability benefits are mostly the same from state to state. There are, however, some minor differences — and for this reason, it is very important to consult a highly qualified attorney if your SSD claim has been denied. JP Law, PC, is based in Portland, Oregon, and is proud to serve clients in the entire Pacific Northwest, and in Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. Because SSD and SSI claims are all we do, we offer detailed and up-to-date legal counsel about receiving benefits in these states.

SSI Supplements Offered By State Governments

While SSI is a federally funded program, most states have decided to provide their residents with additional benefits. Certain SSI recipients receive an additional supplementary payment from their state, giving them a monthly benefit amount that's higher than the federal amount. Some details about policies in the states we serve:

  • Arizona does not offer a supplement.

  • Alaska and Oregon also offer supplements to SSI recipients and to certain classes of individuals who would be eligible for SSI except for income.

  • Montana‘s supplement is available only to those residing in “specified living

  • California, Hawaii, and Washington offer supplements to all SSI recipients, including children.

  • Idaho also has restrictions based on living arrangements, but (unlike in Montana) its supplements are also available to children.

  • Nevada's supplement isn't provided to disabled SSI recipients unless they are part of an eligible couple where the other member is blind.

The criteria for SSI and SSD eligibility do not vary from state to state, and the initial application process and evaluation criteria used by Disability Determination Services are always the same. The appeals process does vary slightly — some states offer reconsideration and others do not.

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Rules of eligibility for SSD, SSI and state supplements are complicated, containing many exemptions and specific conditions. They can also change due to state budgetary constraints, political agendas, or other factors. That's why you need a lawyer who focuses on Social Security and is familiar with the current laws in your state.

For experienced, knowledgeable lawyers who can help you get the benefits you deserve, call JP Law, PC, or send us an email. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your particular situation.