§ 171. Disability Benefits - Entitlement


To be entitled to monthly disability insurance benefits an individual must meet the program's definition of disability, and the disability must have lasted for at least five months. In addition, the individual must have insured status for disability benefits, must be below the Act's "full retirement age" (which is between 65 and 67 depending on year of birth), and must have filed an application.

See generally SSA, How You Earn Credit.

Rev. 12/01

  • Related Sections:
    • Part 1
      § 170. Disability Benefits - In General
      § 172. Disability Benefits - Amount
      § 173. Disability Benefits - Relationship to Prior or Subsequent Benefits Received by Worker
      § 174. Disability Benefits - Benefits for Others That Are Linked To
      § 180. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - In General
      § 181. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - Procedure Employed
      § 182. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - End of Disability
      § 190. How Disability Affects Non-Disability Benefits
    • Part 2
      § A 100. The Need to File an Application -- Social Security
      § B 150. Full Retirement Age
      § N 100. Disabled Worker Claiming Disability Insurance
      § N 600. Claim Resting on Initial Finding of Disability
      § N 700. Claim Focusing on When Person Became Disabled
      § N 800. Issues of Terminating Disability Benefits - In General
      § P 000. Overall Treatment of Burden of Proof and Evidence
      § P 100. Duration of Disability
      § P 200. Claimant Engaged in Substantial Gainful Activity - In General
      § P 300. Threshold Test of Severity
      § P 400. Listed Impairment or Equivalent
      § P 500. Claimant's Ability to Perform Past Relevant Work
      § P 600. Application of Medical/Vocational Guidelines (Grid) - In General
      § P 620. Claimant's Residual Functional Capacity
      § P 710. Mental Impairment, Psychological Problems
      § P 720. Mental Retardation, Limited I.Q.
      § P 730. Impaired Vision, Blindness
      § P 740. Pain or Other Subjective Complaints
      § P 750. Alcoholism or Drug Addiction
      § P 760. Multiple or Combined Impairments
      § P 800. Issues of Medical Evidence - In General
      § P 900. Establishing the Availability of Work Claimant Can Perform - In General
      § Q 100. Special Insured Status Test for Disability Benefits - In General
      § Q 700. Effect of Claimant's Being Confined to an Institution