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What is Waiting Period?

Definition of Waiting Period

Claimants who are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance have a "waiting period" to receive SSDI benefits. The waiting period, as defined by the Social Security Administration, consists of five full calendar months in a row. The waiting period will start the earliest full calendar month that the claimant was found to be disabled and met the disability insured status requirements (as defined by the Social Security Administration). Claimants do not receive benefits for any month in the SSDI waiting period. Disability claimants will not have a waiting period if they have filed for Supplemental Security Income benefits, they are entitled to Childhood Disability Benefits or if they have previously been disabled (in the last 5 years), lost disability benefits and became disabled again.

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