Q I’ve heard that I can still get Social Security disability benefits during a trial work period. How long will these last?
If you are returning to work, Social Security should continue to provide benefits during your trial work period as long as you continue to report your work activity each month and your disability remains unchanged. Here are a few things you should know about receiving benefits for the full length of your trial work period:
When does it begin?
- Your trial work period will officially begin either in the month that you file your application or the month that you become entitled to disability benefits, whichever is later.
When does it end?
- Your trial work period will end in your ninth month of employment or as soon as your impairment has improved to the point that you are no longer considered disabled by Social Security, whichever happens first.
Can I get an extension?
- Yes! All beneficiaries are eligible for an extended period of eligibility for re-entitlement to their benefits after a trial work period. This extended period of eligibility begins the month after your trial work period and continues for 36 months. During these three years, disabled employees can reinstate their benefits without having to file for a new period of disability. If you do not reinstate benefits before the 37th month after the end of your trial work period, you will likely have to re-apply for Social Security benefits.
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