Guidelines On Social Security Benefits


It is a good idea to have a disability lawyer or a social security disability attorney to represent you while filing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims or appeals. These professionals have considerable experience of processing, developing and representing winning claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI benefits.

Here are a few general guidelines and tips about Social Security benefits that may be of some guidance to you while discussing your case with your attorney in detail:

The fear of losing coverage under Medicare often dissuades people from attempting a Trial Work Period (TWP) and returning to the work force. However, there have been major changes in the Return to Work (RTW) Act effective from October 1, 2000. Social Security disability recipients can receive an additional 4 ½ years or 54 months of Medicare eligibility for a total of 93 months after the TWP expires.

In case an SSDI recipient after returning to work becomes disabled once again, there is no need for an application to revive SSDI benefits. This is because after the TWP is over, the claimant enters an Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE). This lasts for 36 months from leaving the disability rolls during which re-entitlement to SSDI is automatic if for any reason the claimant stops working.

Under the RTW Act, effective from January 1, 2001, an additional 60 months of "easy on, easy off" was provided without the need of a new application. However, under earlier Social Security laws, the SSA could still conduct Continue Disability Reviews (CDR) based upon work, including work done within the TWP. However, now the RTW Act eliminates work activity based CDRs from January 31, 2002. Claimants on Social Security Disability and considering a return to work should carefully consider their decision with a full understanding of the present situation.