When applying for disability benefits, Social Security only reviews your recent medical records. But what if you’ve been dealing with health problems far longer? Below we review why Social Security only takes recent medical records into consideration. 

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the furthest back in time you can qualify for benefits is one year prior to the date the application was filed. Therefore, Social Security only considers your medical records from that timeframe and health problems prior to then are irrelevant to the case.

Under the supplemental security income program (SSI), the criteria are even stricter. When receiving SSO, your benefits can only go as far back to the date the application was filed. Therefore, Social Security will only consider medical records from when the application was filed.

Those are Social Security’s limits to past medical records and retroactive payments.

If you have additional questions about past medical records and retroactive payments, I want you to call me at 508-732-8989.