|HOW LONG CAN I STAY ON SSDI?
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.
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