Susan, DOB 2/20/29, filed for DIB in 1/88. A period of disability was established
beginning 6/12/87. Her benchmark year was 1987, the year in which the period of disability
Her condition improved so her DIB was terminated 10/89 (the DIB entitlement continued
through 9/89). In 3/91, at age 62, she filed for RIB. Since she was not entitled to
DIB for any of the 12 months preceding the month she attained age 62, her benchmark
year for the RIB PIA computation is 1991. Nevertheless, the prior period may be considered
in establishing insured status and in determining elapsed years, computation years,
and the base years. A non-freeze computation must also be considered.
Same facts as above except Susan again became disabled in 7/90. Since she was eligible
for DIB within 12 months of the last month of her prior DIB entitlement for a freeze
computation, her benchmark year remains 1987, the year her prior period of disability
If the prior period of disability is not considered, her benchmark year is 1990, the
year of assumed age 62. Disability insured status must be met in 7/90 if this non-freeze
computation is used.
Sam, DOB 04/05/45, filed for DIB in 12/90. He had no prior periods of disability.
We established a period of disability with an onset date of 05/18/90. His benchmark
year based on this period of disability was 1990.
Sam’s initial period of disability terminated in 05/92. He reapplied for DIB in 02/93
with an onset date of 01/15/93. We approved Sam for DIB, and his benchmark year remained
Sam’s second period of DIB terminated in 07/97 He reapplied for disability benefits
in 12/97 with an onset date of 11/20/97. Again, we approved Sam for disability benefits.
Using a DIB freeze computation, Sam’s benchmark year remained 1990.
Even though Sam had multiple periods of disability, there was never a gap in entitlement
greater than 12 months. Therefore, the benchmark year remained the same as his very
first period of disability. This assumes that we used the prior period of disability.