Important Information for Same-Sex Couples
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states. As a result, more same-sex couples will be recognized as married for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits or eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
We are working with the Department of Justice to analyze the decision and provide instructions for processing claims. We will update this website as new information becomes available.
If you are a spouse, divorced spouse, or surviving spouse of a same-sex marriage or non-marital legal same-sex relationship
If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
We consider same-sex marriages when determining SSI eligibility and payment amount. You must report changes to us, including changes to your marital status and address.
Medicare entitlement and enrollment
If you have questions about how your same-sex relationship may affect Medicare, please refer to CMS at http://cms.hhs.gov/ or call CMS at 1-800-Medicare.
If you have additional questions
If you have questions about how a same-sex marriage or non-marital legal relationship may affect your claim or to tell us if you are married, separated or divorced, please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contact your local Social Security office.
Advocates, members of the media, and others with general questions about same-sex marriage or non-marital legal same-sex relationships and Social Security programs may contact their Regional Communications Director.