Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

February 1, 2017

What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) []

  • Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical and/or mental activities.
  • “Gainful” work activity is: (1) Work performed for pay or profit; or (2) Work of a nature generally performed for pay or profit; or (3) Work intended for profit, whether or not a profit is realized.

Evaluate your Activity for SGA Purposes []

  • We generally use earnings guidelines to evaluate whether your work activity is SGA.
  • Earnings averaging over $1,180 a month (for the year 2018) generally demonstrate SGA.
  • If you are blind, earnings averaging over $1,970 a month (for the year 2018) generally demonstrate SGA.


January 29, 2017

If You Do Not Receive Benefits, You Can:

  • Request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements;
  • Check the status of your application or appeal;
  • Get your Social Security Statement, to:
  • Estimates of your future benefits;
  • Verify your earnings; and
  • View the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid; and
  • Get a benefit verification letter

If You Receive Benefits Or Have Medicare, You Can:

  • Request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements;
  • Report your wages if you work and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits;
  • Get your benefit verification letter;
  • Check your benefit and payment information;
  • Change your address and phone number;
  • Start or change direct deposit of your benefit payment;
  • Request a replacement Medicare card; and
  • Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

If You Are a Representative Payee, You Can:

  • Complete and submit Representative Payee Accounting Reports;
  • See the status of any completed Representative Payee Accounting Report; and
  • Receive a receipt for any report you submit.

Disability Determination Services (DDS)

January 29, 2017

Disability Determination Services (DDS), fully funded by the Federal Government, are State agencies responsible for developing medical evidence and rendering the initial determination on whether or not a claimant is disabled or blind.

DDS will obtain evidence from the claimant’s own medical sources first. If that evidence is unavailable or insufficient to make a determination, the DDS will arrange for a consultative examination (CE) to obtain the additional information needed.

Consent for Release of Information, SSA-3288.

Payment Centers

January 29, 2017

DI 13010.215 Procedure for Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE):

  • PC 1- NEPSC 877-385-0640
  • PC 2- MATPSC 877-385-0644
  • PC 3- SEPSC 877-310-6767
  • PC 4- GLPSC 877-311-5797
  • PC 5- WNPSC 877-310-7807
  • PC 6- MAMPSC 877-311-8738
  • PC 7- OCO 877-385-0643
  • PC 8- OIO 877-385-0645


Code of Federal Regulations

January 28, 2014

Code of Federal Regulations
Title 20—Employees’ Benefits

400 [Reserved]
401 Privacy and disclosure of official records and information
402 Availability of information and records to the public
403 Testimony by employees and the production of records and information in legal proceedings
404 Federal old-age, survivors and disability insurance (1950- )
405 [Reserved]
408 Special benefits for certain World War II veterans
411 The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program
416 Supplemental security income for the aged, blind, and disabled
418 Medicare subsidies
422 Organization and procedures
423 Service of process
424-428 [Reserved]
429 Administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act and related statutes
430 Personnel
431 Protection of human subjects
432-437 [Reserved]
438 Restrictions on lobbying
440-497 [Reserved]
498 Civil monetary penalties, assessments and recommended exclusions
499 [Reserved]