Disability Requirements - are they the same in every state ?
I spoke to a person recently who applied for social security disability, was denied, filed an appeal, was denied again, and then filed a request for a disability hearing (this is the second appeal that is available to SSD and SSI claimants).
Her concern was this. She had already waited six months for a hearing (hearings can easily take a year or longer to get scheduled---sometimes up to two years, depending on where you live) and was thinking of moving to a different state to be closer to relatives. Were the requirements for social security disability the same in every state, she wondered.
Answer: Yes, social security disability and SSI are federal disability programs and, when it comes to the principles of adjudication (decision making, or issuing a judgement), they operate the same way in every state.
What are those requirements? Here's another page from this blog that explains the disability criteria that applies to both programs -- Requirements and Criteria for Social Security Disability. And here's another page that may be useful -- Qualifying for disability
What should you do if you have requested a disability hearing and plan to move? After you have moved, contact social security and advise them of your move, updating them with your new address and contact information. Also contact the hearing office where your case is currently at and advise them of your move so they can transfer your file to the hearing office that now has jurisdiction over your case.
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