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Will getting retirement affect my application for disability based on COPD?
I am 56 and going to apply for disability for COPD. I am going to leave my job and take early retirement. Will getting retirement affect me getting disability if I qualify for disability.
Your retirement would have no affect upon your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits are based upon your earnings over the years. There are no income or resource limits involved. Often people confuse Social Security disability with Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI). SSI is need based, therefore income and resource limits apply. You should have no problems with your retirement benefits and Social Security disability eligibility.
Here's some additional information from a prior posting on this site (If I File For Disability Will They Offset My Pension?)
Social Security disability does not offset your pension unless your pension is based upon earnings that were not taxed for the purposes of Social Security. In years past, some states, businesses, and companies opted out of the Social Security system. If your pension is based upon non-covered earnings (not taxed), Social Security may offset your disability benefit amount. Generally, individuals who have pensions have no problem receiving their full Social Security disability benefit because their pension is based upon covered earnings.
If you are receiving a disability pension from an employer or long term disability company, there is a likelihood that they will offset what they pay you each month once you have been approved for Social Security disability.
If you are receiving a retirement pension from a governmental agency or an employer, it is unlikely that your entitlement to Social Security disability will cause your retirement pension to be offset (unless the retirement is base non covered earnings, i.e. federal civil service employees). The same is true if you are receiving a military retirement or disability pension.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Criteria to Qualify
Eligibility for receiving disability benefits
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
Disability Criteria - Eligibility For Social Security and SSI Disability
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
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
The Difference Between Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI – How are they different Part II