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The relationship between returning to work and SSD benefits

A previous post here focused on the misconceptions surrounding Social Security Disability benefits for mental illnesses and other conditions that are difficult to prove, such as back pain and anxiety. As mentioned previously, one of the issues is that people believe SSD recipients are discouraged from working once they begin receiving benefits, but this is not the case. In fact, the Social Security Administration builds incentives into the benefits, encouraging people to return to the workforce without losing SSD benefits for a specific time period.

California residents may not know that the SSA provides for a trial workperiod. During this nine-month period, the recipient is testing their ability to work while still receiving full benefits, despite the amount of their income. During this period, the recipient must continue to report their work and must have the initial disability.

The recipient can continue to work and receive benefits for any month their income was not substantial. This extended period of eligibility runs for 36 months. In 2017, income must have been over $1,170 in order to be considered substantial. A new application does not have to be filed to receive SSD benefits during this period. Similarly, if SSD benefits are discontinued because of substantial earnings, but a person stops working because of their medical condition within five years, then the recipient can ask the SSA to restart their benefits.

While the SSA recognizes that a disability may prevent someone from working and earning a living, they do provide incentives for people to attempt to return back to the workforce. If this attempt is unsuccessful, they can go back to getting the benefits they need to make ends meet.

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