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Am I Still Eligible To Collect SSDI After My 36 Month Period Ends?

So my 36 months period ends march 2023. Am I still eligible to continue to collect ssdi

Hi. I assume that you're referring to the Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits. In that case, the answer is yes, but only if you don't earn more than the substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit after the 36 month period ends. The current SGA limit in 2022 for non-blind individuals is $1,350.

A person's EPE extends for at least 36 months after the 9th month of their trial work period (TWP), but can continue indefinitely as long as the person doesn't earn more than the SGA amount in any month that's later than the 36th month after their TWP was completed. However, if they do earn above SGA, then the person's period of SSDI entitlement would end effective with the first month of above SGA level earnings that occurs more than 36 months after the end of their TWP.

Best, Jerry

May 21 2022 - 4:27pm
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