Q: I received fully favorable decision on my SSDI 6/19The judge agreed that I became disabled April15, 2016. I didn’t apply
For SSDI until Jan 3
2017. How far is my back pay? Are the rules correct that I can be paid only up to 12 months less the 5 month waiting period??
A: The claimant applying for Social Security Title II disability benefits can receive retroactive benefits for up to 12 months from the date of filing for disability. Since the claimant was found to be disabled on April 15, 2016, and he/she did not file until January 3, 2017, the Administration can pay retroactive benefits starting April 15, 2016 minus a five month waiting period from and after April 15, 2016 which was the onset date of the disability. However, since September 15th is at the end of five months the Administration would not start paying until October 1st. ( This example, is right on the cusp). If the fifth month ended before September 15th the Administration probably would begin paying on September 1st, 2016. If it ended after September 15th then the administration would not start paying until October 1st using the example number of September 15th. For Medicare benefits the Administration would begin paying as of April 15th, 2018. Medicare always starts exactly two years from the onset date of the disability. Hence, in the case at bar, since the onset date of the party's disability began on April 15, 2016, Medicare would start as of April 15, 2018.
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