Social Security Disability FAQs

Social Security Disability FAQs

If you are interested in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, there are some facts that you will need to know. Here, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Social Security Disability benefits.

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When do benefits start?
Benefit payments cannot begin until an applicant has been disabled for at least five months. An individual can start receiving benefits on their sixth month of disability.

How long will the payments last?
Usually, disability benefits continue for as long as the medical condition has not improved, and the recipient cannot work. However, this does not mean that benefits continue indefinitely. Due to the advances in medical science and rehabilitation, many disable individuals are able to recover from a serious accident or illness.

Should I notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) if anything changes?
You are required to notify the SSA if there is any change in your ability to work, if you return to work, or if your medical condition improves.

How are benefits paid?
Social Security Disability benefits are paid monthly. The day that someone receives their benefits depends on the birth date of the person whose work record they are receiving benefits. If you receive benefits as a disabled worker, your payment date will be determined by your birth date.

Will a check be sent in the mail?
Those who apply for benefits after May 1, 2011 will receive payments electronically. Direct deposit is the simplest and safest way to receive benefits. You can contact your bank to help you sign up, or you can contact the SSA directly for assistance.

Are there cost-of-living adjustments?
Each January, if the cost of living has gone up, your benefits will increase automatically. For example, if the costs of living has increased by 2 percent, then in January your benefits will automatically increase by 2 percent.

What about Medicare?
Once you receive disability benefits for 24 months, you are then eligible for Medicare. If you have Lou Gehrig’s disease, or if you have permanent kidney failure which requires regular dialysis or a kidney transplant, you may qualify for Medicare almost right away.

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