What is an Extended Period of Eligibility for Social Security Disability ?
At the end of a social security disability benefit recipient's trial work period, a thirty six month (consecutive-month) extended Period of Eligibility starts for social security disability insurance recipients. According to SSA, this occurs unless the social security administration finds that a recipient's condition has medically improved, making them no longer eligible to receive disability benefits.
What happens during an extended period of eligibility? During this period, a disability benefit recipient is paid their full benefits for each month in which their earnings do not go above the limit for substantial gainful activity (SGA) level. No social security disability benefits are paid for months in which work activity earnings go above the SGA level.
According to the social security administration, for 2010 "SGA levels are $1000.00 a month if a beneficiary is not blind and $1,640.00 if a beneficiary is blind.
When the extended period of eligibility is at an end, a recipient's disability benefits will end if their work activity earnings exceed the substantial gainful activity level in any month."
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