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How Long Can You Receive Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
There is no expressed time limit for SSDI, or Social Security disability insurance benefits, except that all beneficiaries who are receiving disability benefits at the time of their full retirement age automatically convert over to full retirement benefits.
However, this does not mean that there are no situations that could potentially terminate an individual’s entitlement to disability benefits. For instance, if a person is receiving Social Security disability or adult child disability benefits on a parent’s record, their benefits can be terminated for work activity.
The rules of SGA (substantial work activity) performance apply to disability benefits, meaning if a person earns over the SGA monthly earnings limit (to see the limit: the SGA work earnings limit for social security) there is a possibility that their disability benefits could be suspended or even terminated. If fact, work activity is one of the most common causes of disability benefit termination.
Of course, there are other reasons for termination of SSDI disability eligibility prior to full retirement. Social Security does periodic disability reviews on all disability beneficiaries to determine if they still meet the guidelines of Social Security disability medical entitlement. If the medical review indicates that an individual has had medical improvement, the individual’s disability benefit will be terminated.
Some SSDI disability beneficiaries will lose their disability benefits due to non-disability factors. Individuals receiving adult disabled child’s disability benefits will lose their eligibility for disability benefits on their parents record if they marry someone who is not disabled or is receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income disability).
How long can you receive disability benefits? Other than the above mentioned scenarios, most individuals who are approved for disability benefits will remain on those benefits for the rest of their lives or until their disability benefit converts to full retirement benefits as long as they continue to meet the definition of Social Security disability and SSI disability.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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