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.

Most popular topics on

Social Security Disability in North Carolina

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Tips to Prepare for Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI

Advice to Win SSD and SSI Benefit Claims

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

Related pages:

Permanent disability benefits
Eligible for disability back pay benefits
Appealing a denial of Social Security Disability or SSI
How long does your condition have to last to qualify for disability?
Receiving SSI Disability and having Marital Income
Older Medical Records for a Disability Claim
Social Security Disability, Cobra, and Medicare Eligibility
What SSA means by disabled and disability
How to file for disability in Alabama
SSD, SSDI, SSI impairments list
Filing for disability with psoriatic arthritis
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
How to file for disability in Indiana
Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
Personality Disorder and Filing for Disability