There are many life circumstances that will require an adjustment to your monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefit—in other words, changes that could mean your receive a larger or smaller payment than you had before.

It’s up to you, as the claimant, to keep track of these situations and report them promptly. Unfortunately, it can be confusing to know which issues qualify, especially if you are relatively new to receiving benefits.

Issues that could cause an adjustment to your monthly payment include:

  • Changes in your prognosis or health status.
  • Changes in your living situation.
  • Inheriting assets.
  • Moving to a different state.
  • Getting married or divorced.
  • Having a baby.
  • Receiving family support.
  • Children moving in or out of your household.
  • Employment of any kind—even very limited hours for very little pay. One of the challenges for disability benefit recipients is weighing the opportunity of any paying job against how it could affect benefit eligibility.


It’s also extremely important to keep Social Security updated on any changes that might affect how to contact or pay you, for instance:

  • New telephone numbers.
  • Different primary banking account.
  • Changes in your mailing address.


If you’ve already received a Notice of Overpayment for your Social Security disability benefits, you may want to talk to local district office. To learn more, call our offices today by calling 402-933-5405, or email us at [email protected]. Our informative report, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, is free at your request.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
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