After you are released from jail or prison, will Social Security let you restart your benefits or will you have to start a new application?
The answer depends on the kind of benefits you received (Social Security Disability Insurance – SSDI, or Supplemental Security Income – SSI) and how long you were incarcerated in jail or prison.
Restarting SSI after incarceration:
It is possible to restart SSI benefits if you were incarcerated for less than 12 months.
AFTER you are incarcerated for a year or longer though, you have to start a new claim for benefits:
For SSI beneficiaries, benefits are terminated when the individual is incarcerated for a year or more.
Restarting SSDI after incarceration:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are suspended during incarceration.
For Social Security beneficiaries, benefits remain suspended until the inmate is released.
As far as I can tell, there is no time limit on restarting a SSDI claim after incarceration.
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