Ruling and Benefits for Same-Sex Marriage
August 26, 2015
After all the controversy in Obergefell v. Hodges, on June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided in a five to four ruling that all states in the U.S. are required to issue and validate marriage licenses to people of the same sex. The ruling has also made it mandatory that all 50 states recognize and provide the same terms, conditions, and benefits for same-sex marriage as they do for couples of the opposite sex.
Social Security Programs Impacted by the Decision
The decision may impact eligibility for the following programs:
- Social Security Disability
Impact on Individuals Already Married
- Married persons may be eligible immediately for previously inaccessible Social Security, Medicare, and/or Medicaid benefits.
- If individuals were receiving benefits and their marriage was not previously recognized, the marriage may now be considered in eligibility determinations.
What Should You Do if this Ruling Applies to You?
It is important to apply as soon as possible because the beginning date of benefits for same-sex marriage may be determined on the month of application. Applications for Social Security and Medicare benefits are handled by the Social Security Administration. Applications for Medicaid are handled by State Medicaid offices.