Receiving Your Benefits
When will I receive my benefits?
You may begin to receive benefits as soon as 60 days after SSA has determined that you are disabled.
Will I receive past-due benefits?
You are entitled to benefits after you have been disabled for 5 full months. This means that your benefits will begin on the sixth month after the date you were found disabled by SSA. You may be eligible for past-due benefits, retroactive benefits, or both.
Your eligibility for past-due or retroactive benefits depends on your application date, the date SSA determined that you became disabled, and whether you are insured for disability benefits. In some cases, you may not be entitled to either past-due benefits or retroactive benefits, but you may still be eligible to receive ongoing monthly benefits.
You are eligible to receive Medicare after you have received SSDI benefits for 24 months or 29 months after the awarded on set date.