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What is a "period of disability?"

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at

508. What is a "period of disability?"

For title II, a "period of disability" is a continuous period of time when you are disabled. This period of disability is not counted when determining your insured status (§§206-209) and the monthly benefit amount payable to you and your family (see Chapter 7). The period of disability can also preserve your family's rights to benefits in another way: the beginning date of the period of disability is a point for determining dependency of a child (§333) and a parent (§421).

Last Revised: Mar. 1, 2004

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I have been receiving Social Security and Medicare for many years. In 3 months I'll be 65. I have been receiving payments for a disability. Should I do anything or inform anyone? I was told at one time that after I was 65, I could have my status changed to retired. Then, I would need not be concerned about a reassessment of my case.

Things are going tight back up on some bills.can i get a part time job to help with the bills without affecting my social security disability

Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments.

And, if you cannot continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again—you may not have to file a new application.

See here for details :

I am on SS Disability. I have an IRA account. Do I qualify for any medical coverage?

I assume you're talking about "normal", work-based disability rather than SSI.

You will receive Medicare after you receive disability benefits for 24 months. When you become eligible for disability benefits, the SSA will automatically enroll you in Medicare. They start counting the 24 months from the month you were entitled to receive disability, not the month when you received your first check.

My husband is in the waiting period and is working part time, we were told to report this. Is there a number or way to report that does not entail waiting all day at the ss office?

As far as reporting work while receiving disability benefits, the SSA states :

You can report changes in your work activity by phone, mail or in person. You can find your local office here. We will give you a receipt to verify your report. Keep this receipt with all of your other important papers from Social Security.

I'm not an expert in this area, but be aware that work during the waiting period may be cause for denial of your application. Consider this :

When an individual returns to SGA during the waiting period and such work continues, the claim for benefits must be denied if the award has not been approved.

To be eligible for disability benefits, a person must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). For non-blind individuals, the monthly SGA amount for 2013 is $1040.

i went to court with a lawyer to fight for disability how long do you have to wait for a decision to be made if u get it or not?

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