What is an Extended Period of Eligibility for Social Security Disability?
At the end of a Social Security Disability benefit recipient's trial work period, a thirty six month (consecutive-month) extended Period of Eligibility starts for Social Security Disability insurance recipients. According to SSA, this occurs unless the social security administration finds that a recipient's condition has medically improved, making them no longer eligible to receive disability benefits.
What happens during an extended period of eligibility? During this period, a disability benefit recipient is paid their full benefits for each month in which their earnings do not go above the limit for substantial gainful activity (SGA) level. No Social Security Disability benefits are paid for months in which work activity earnings go above the SGA level.
When the extended period of eligibility is at an end, a recipient's disability benefits will end if their work activity earnings exceed the substantial gainful activity level in any month."
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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