Individuals who are entitled to disability benefits prior to 12/80 must serve a 24-month
qualifying period for each period of disability benefit entitlement that begins before
12/80, i.e., months from a previous period of disability benefit entitlement cannot be counted toward the 24-month D-HI qualifying period when an individual is entitled
to a new period of disability that begins prior to 12/80, see HI 00801.152C.5.
The 1980 Amendments provide that beginning 12/80, months from previous periods of
disability benefit entitlement may be counted in determining when the 24-month D-HI
qualifying period requirement is met if:
a prior period of DIB entitlement ended no more than 5 years (60 months) before the
month of current onset; or
a prior period of DWB or CDB entitlement ended no more than 7 years (84 months) before
the month of current onset; or
the current disabling impairment is the same as, or directly related to, the impairment
which served as the basis for disability during a previous period of disability benefit
entitlement (applies to individuals whose prior period of entitlement ended after 2/29/88); or
an individual whose previous disability entitlement ended for non-disability reasons
prior to 3/1/88 is reentitled to disability benefits with the same disability onset
date. (If the individual's previous period of entitlement ended after 2/29/88, prior
months of entitlement may be counted under the preceding rule.)
A person does not have to be reentitled to the same type of disability benefit for these rules to apply.
NOTE: An individual may be required to serve a new disability benefit waiting period without
having to serve a new 24-month D-HI qualifying period (see HI 00801.152.C.4. and DI 11010.261).