Applying: What Happens Next?
Your application is reviewed and sent to your State Determination Services office. They might ask for another medical exam; if this happens, ask if your doctor can do it.
The final decision is made by the state. This can take up to five months unless your condition is one of 200 that are on the Compassionate Allowances Listings (CAL). In this case, the review process is faster but approval is not guaranteed.
Once the review is final, you will get a letter with the decision.
- If you are approved, it will tell you how much you will receive and when your first check will arrive. You should get your first check the sixth full month after the date your disability began. Note: You also will receive Medicare based on this decision. Medicare starts 24 months after you receive disability. In some states, you will also qualify for Medicaid. Check with your state to find this out.
- If you are not approved for SSDI or SSI, you have the right to appeal. You should begin the appeal process as soon as possible after your denial. For more information about appealing the decision, click here.