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Jul 13, 1998

I am presently receiving SSDI and feeling physically pretty good now, but hesitant to go back to work. How long can I stay on SSDI? Do I have to go back to work? Also, I've never understood where SSDI money comes from. Is it from the SS money I've put in over the years? Thanks

Response from Ms. Franzoi

You can remain on disability as long as you remain disabled. However, if you are a disabled beneficiary, you are encouraged to go back to work, if you are able to. You must notify Social Security of all work attempts. Benefits can continue throughout a 9-month trial work period plus an additional 3-month grace period. After the 3-month grace period, benefits are suspended if earnings are considered substantial. Benefits can be reinstated during a 36-month extended eligibility for any month that earnings are less than $500. I suggest you contact the Social Security Administration for additional information. The benefit is provided because you paid into Social Security for enough quarters to qualify.

Lynn Franzoi

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