Congratulations! You’ve been awarded your Social Security Disability benefits at the Request for Reconsideration stage. Now you are entitled to monthly disability income benefits and medical benefits.
Monthly Disability Income Benefits
The amount of your monthly check depends on your past earnings history; you can find out how much your estimated monthly check will be by reviewing your Social Security statement. Go to www.ssa.gov and click on:
- “Online services,”
- “Get your Social Security Statement,”
- “View your Social Security Statement online,” and
- Create an Account.
It will take about 10 minutes to create an account. Next you will be able to download your Social Security statement.
Now that you have your statement you will want to look for:
- Whether you are eligible for disability benefits, and
- The Primary Insurance Amount (PIA).
The PIA is an estimate of what you would get monthly if your benefits were awarded immediately. In 2014 the maximum monthly benefit was $2,600.
When you reach retirement age, your Social Security Disability benefits automatically change to Social Security Retirement benefits.
After you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you can continue to receive them so long as you remain medically disabled and unable to perform substantial gainful work. However, if you return to work and earn $1,090 per month, after a trial work period, your benefits will stop.
Past-Due Monthly or Retroactive Disability Income Benefits
You may be eligible for a lump sum payment of back due SSDI benefits called retroactive benefits. No benefits are paid the first five months after the date you are found to be disabled. Past due benefits cover the time between five months after the onset of your disability through the date of the final decision. If the onset of your disability is 17 months prior to your application, you may be entitled to one full year of retroactive benefits.
SSI recipients aren’t eligible for retroactive benefits but do get back benefits from the month of filing.
If you are granted Social Security Disability benefits, after 24 months you are automatically enrolled in Medicare
The medical benefits for a Social Security Income (SSI) beneficiary start right away, and Medicaid will pay a retroactive three-month period prior to the month of your application.