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Does SSA consider my entire work history or just recent work history?

Hello, I received notice that I satisfy the medical requirements for disability and that my non-medical requirements are presently being considered. Does the SSA consider my entire work history or just my recent work history?

I am 49 and have a solid, full-time, work history 1989 through 2003. Appropriate taxes and FICA payments were made the entire time. I was a full-time mom from June 2004 through August 2009. I went back to work, full-time, September 2009 through May 2012. I have been home, full-time, since then. My medical disability determination is effective April 1, 2014. So, in considering my non-medical determination, will my ENTIRE work history be considered, or, as I've recently heard, only my last 10 years of employment prior to my effective medical determination date (of April 2014).

Many thanks for your consideration and reply.

I am sure you will be insured for Social Security disability, even if you took 5 years off. You have heard about the 10 and 20 rule for disability insured status. You must have worked 20 quarters or have worked 5 years out of the 10 years previous to your becoming disabled. I would not worry as they evaluate all of this when you file for disability. They would not send it for a medical disability decision if you were not insured for SSA purposes. Lack of work credits would have caused SSA to technically deny your claim and it would not have been sent for a medical decision.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

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What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
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How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
Working while getting Disability - Is it Possible?
What is Social Security Back Pay?
What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?