How Much You Will Receive and What to Expect after Your Social Security Disability Claim Is Approved
Learn about benefit calculations and the effect of working after approval of your Social Security Disability claim. Find out when you can appeal a representative payee determination and how best to respond to a continuing disability review (CDR).
What to Expect after Approval of Your Social Security Disability Claim
After you have been found disabled, Social Security’s central payment center double-checks that the earnings record on which you are claiming benefits has enough credits to insure you for Social Security benefits. The payment center then calculates benefits, applying any necessary offsets, pays your attorney or other representatives if you have one, and authorizes your payment. It also decides whether benefits can be paid directly to you or whether you need assistance with managing your benefits
Once payment starts, benefits will continue as long as you continue to be disabled. (Disabled adult children and disabled surviving spouses must also continue to meet some relationship requirements.) At intervals, you will be asked to provide proof of continuing disability. If you remain medically disabled but are able to work some, Social Security has return-to-work incentives to help you as you re-enter the workplace.
Check out the following articles for more information about benefit calculation, back pay, continuing disability reviews (CDR’s), and representative payees as well as cost-of-living increases and other important subjects that come up after you have been approved for benefits.
- How Your Social Security Disability Benefits Are Calculated
Learn about the factors that determine the calculation of your Social Security benefit if you are a disabled worker, a disabled adult child, a disabled widow or widower, or a disabled surviving divorced spouse.
- How Much Social Security Disability Back Pay You Will Receive
Learn the difference between retroactive benefits and back pay benefits. Get a formula for figuring the amount of your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay and get a tip on what a “month” is when estimating back pay. Learn why it is difficult and sometimes impossible to estimate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay.
- Waiting for Your Back Pay
Learn about usual processing times for getting Social Security or SSI back pay. Find out what may be slowing down delivery of your back pay and what you may be able to do about it.
- Working While Getting Social Security or SSI Disability
Do you need more income or need to get out of the house? If you want to try working despite your medical condition, learn about Social Security’s work incentives, which let you attempt work without putting you at financial risk. Find out about Social Security’s Trial Work Period, Extended Period of Eligibility, and Expedited Reinstatement and about SSI’s Plan for Achieving Self Support.
- Get A Ticket to Get Back to Work
Find out how Social Security will support your efforts to get training, education, and job- placement assistance when you want to return to part-time or full-time work. See how a Ticket to Work can help you transition into work while still receiving disability benefits.
- Continuation of Medicare after SSDI Benefits Stop
Learn how your Medicare insurance could continue for as many as ninety-three months while your Social Security benefits based on disability are suspended or terminated because of your work.
- Timing of Continuing Disability Reviews
Learn how Social Security decides when your disability claim will be reviewed to determine whether you remain disabled.
- What You Need to Do for a Continuing Disability Review (CDR)
Get tips on how to complete CDR forms and on the kinds of documentation you should submit to prove that you are still disabled and eligible for benefits.
- When Disability Benefits Increase
Find out how inflation can increase your benefit with a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) or additional work earnings can raise your benefit. Learn when and how you will be notified of an increase when it occurs.
- Your Reporting Responsibilities
Avoid interruption of benefits and reduce or eliminate overpayments by knowing your reporting responsibilities and making timely reports of changes in your situation.
- What Is a Representative Payee?
Find out what a representative payee is and does and learn the two situations in which benefits are paid to a third-party representative payee and not directly to the Social Security beneficiary or SSI recipient. Learn about the payee’s responsibilities in benefit use and reporting.
- Why Your Disability Benefits Will Be Paid to Someone Else on Your Behalf
Learn the reasons Social Security may decide that you need help managing your benefits. Find out how to appeal having a representative payee if you think they are wrong.
- Why Social Security Decided You Need a Representative Payee
Review the reasons why an adult might be appointed a representative payee to manage his or her Social Security or SSI benefits. Find out about your appeal rights if you disagree that you need a payee.
- How Social Security Decides Who Will Be Your Payee
Look at the factors Social Security considers in deciding who would be the best person to serve as your representative payee.
- How will I know whether my application for SSD benefits has been approved?
Find about three different ways you might be notified of an approval of your initial claim or reconsideration appeal and the only way you will get the decision made on your hearing appeal.
- When Disability Benefits Are Terminated for Medical Recovery
Find out about the special appeals form you need to use when appealing a cessation of benefits due to a determination that you are no longer disabled. Learn about the choices you have in how your appeal will be reviewed and find out when you can get payment continuation during the appeal process.
- How Long Social Security Benefits Continue
Learn about the circumstances in which you will continue to receive Social Security benefits throughout your lifetime and see what other situations will cause disability benefits to be terminated.
- Medical Care after Disability Approval
Get information about the level of medical care needed to fulfill your responsibility to provide proof of continuing disability when your claim comes up for review.
- Correspondence You May Get from the Social Security Administration
Find out when and why the Social Security Administration (SSA) may contact you after your claim has been approved,
- When Your Social Security Could Increase
Learn about the two situations when your Social Security Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) could increase and find out when your benefit might increase even though your PIA has not.
- The Impact of Worsening Health on Benefits
Learn about the two situations that result in access to additional benefits when health worsens after your approval for disability benefits.
- Getting Other Assistance after Disability Approval
Get some referral sources for possible other benefits such as food stamps, health insurance, housing, and energy assistance.
- An Overview Guide to SSD after Approval
See your three payment-delivery choices and find out the day of the month you will receive your benefits. Learn how much Social Security income you can have before it becomes taxable and get a general overview of what’s involved in being a Social Security Disability beneficiary.