Do Older SSDI Applicants Denied Benefits on the Basis of their Work Capacity Return to Work After Denial?
- Very few older denied SSDI applicants returned to work in the years following denial.
- Among those who worked in the years before or after application, average earnings were lower after initial denial relative to before applying for SSDI.
- The majority of older SSDI applicants denied on the basis of residual work capacity ultimately receive SSDI before full retirement age (FRA), either after appeal or reapplication.
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