Expedited Reinstatement

If you have already completed your Trial Work Period and your Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE), you can still get SSDI benefits if your income drops below the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level. This method of getting SSDI benefits is called Expedited Reinstatement.

Expedited Reinstatement allows former SSDI beneficiaries whose EPE ended within the five previous years to get up to six months of temporary SSDI cash benefits if their income drops below the SGA level. As with the EPE, during your period of Expedited Reinstatement, you can deduct Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWEs) and employer subsidies from your gross monthly earnings to help you qualify for SSDI benefits.

During the six months you are on temporary benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will conduct a medical review to figure out whether or not you still meet SSA disability requirements. If Social Security decides that you still have a disability, you will keep getting benefits without having to reapply for SSDI. If they decide that you no longer have a disability, your SSDI benefits will stop.

You can request Expedited Reinstatement any time within five years after you stopped getting benefits. If you have questions about Expedited Reinstatement, Extended Periods of Eligibility, or any other Social Security work incentives, talk to a benefits planner.