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If I Am Determined Disabled, How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Tips for filing a disability claim
What is the Purpose of the Social Security Disability SSI Medical Exam, or CE?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
Can You Get Approved For Social Security Disability If You Do Not Take Medication Or Go To a Doctor?
Filing an Application for Disability Benefits
How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Benefits?
Qualifying: What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability?
What is a date of entitlement ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Date of entitlement refers to the month that you become entitled to a disability benefit. There are different dates of entitlement for the two disability programs (Title II and Title 16) that the Social Security Administration manages for the federal government.
For instance, Title II disability (social security disability) is based on earnings, and your date of entitlement will most likely be the sixth month following the month your earnings are below SGA (SGA stands for substantial gainful activity and if you earn more than the monthly SGA amount for a given year you will not be eligible to receive disability benefits). This delay is typically referred to as "the five month waiting period".
The SSI program (Title 16), which is a need based program, requires no waiting period for those entitled to disability benefits. Consequently, if an individual meets all medical disability requirements and non-medical requirements in the month of filing for disability, the individual will be entitled to receive SSI disability benefits beginning with the month they filed for 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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