How Is My Date of Entitlement to Benefits Determined?

Your date of entitlement to benefits is determined based on your alleged onset date

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Your date of entitlement (DENT) is the date you are entitled to receive your disability benefits. This date is dependent upon your alleged onset date (AOD). Your AOD is dependent upon the type of claim you are filing for.


Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has a 5-month waiting period from your AOD until your DENT, or the date you begin receiving benefits. In other words, you must wait 5 months from the alleged onset of your disability before you can begin to receive benefits.

For example:

If you are approved for an SSDI claim, and your AOD is 3/1/2013, your DENT will be 8/1/2013. 
Because the process to obtain disability benefits is often lengthy, the 5 month wait will have generally passed long before you are approved to receive your benefits. (More information about how your benefit amount is determined under SSDI).

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs based program and SSA understands you need your disability benefits in order to pay for medical expenses, food, and shelter. When approved for an SSI claim, your benefits will generally start the month after the month you submitted your initial application. (More information about how your benefit amount is determined under SSI). 

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