Disability Insurance – Stop or Continue Your Benefits

If eligible, you may receive Disability Insurance (DI) benefits until your expected recovery date provided by your physician/practitioner. However, there are times when you must notify the EDD to stop or continue your DI benefits.

Stop Your Benefits

You must contact the EDD to stop your DI benefits:

  • If you have returned to part-time or full-time work.
  • If you have recovered from your disability.
  • To report a date of death for a deceased claimant.

To stop your benefits, notify the EDD in writing by using your SDI Online account or by mail, or by calling 1-800-480-3287. Failing to notify the EDD can result in overpayment, which you must repay. Learn more about overpayment by visiting Benefit Overpayment Services.

If You’re Receiving Automatic Payments

If you are on automatic payment, you will receive a Notice of Automatic Payment (DE 2587) when your first payment is issued. If you recover or return to work before your expected recovery date, sign and return the DE 2587 to the EDD.

After 10 weeks of payment, you will receive a Disability Claim Continuing Eligibility Certification (DE 2593). You must complete and return this form to the EDD if you:

  • Recover.
  • Return to work.  
  • Return to work or recover but still cannot do your regular work.

If you have an SDI Online account, you can submit these forms online. When the forms are available to complete, you will receive an email to log in to SDI Online. Select 2587 Notice of Automatic Payment and 2593 DI Claim Status/Eligibility in your inbox. Be sure to answer the questions and provide the date you recovered or returned to work.

To submit these forms by mail, use the self-addressed envelope provided.

If You’re Not Receiving Automatic Payments

If you are not on automatic payment, you will receive a Claim for Continued Disability Benefits (DE 2500A) every two weeks. If you have recovered or returned to work, complete Section 1 and provide the date you returned to work or recovered. If you have an SDI Online account and selected electronic as your preferred communication, you will not receive the DE 2500A in the mail. If you misplaced the DE 2500A, request the form using SDI Online or by calling 1-800-480-3287.

To submit the DE 2500A online, select the link containing the form name in your SDI Online inbox. To submit the DE 2500A by mail, use the self-addressed envelope provided.

Note: To report the death of a claimant, call 1-800-480-3287. You can also notify the EDD in writing using the PO Box address on the payment notice. Provide the claimant’s name and date of death, and your name, address, and phone number so we can contact you with additional instructions. Benefits are payable through the date of death, if otherwise eligible.

Continue Your Benefits

If You’re Receiving Automatic Payments

If you are on automatic payment, you will receive a Disability Claim Continuing Eligibility Certification (DE 2593) after 10 weeks of payment. You must return this form to the EDD to certify that your disability continues. Your benefits will stop if you do not compete and return the DE 2593.

If you have an SDI Online account, you can submit the DE 2593 online. When the form is available to complete, you will receive an email to log in to SDI Online. Select 2593 DI Claim Status/Eligibility in your inbox. To submit the DE 2593 by mail, use the self-addressed envelope provided.

The DE 2593 must be returned to the EDD online or by mail within 20 days from the mailing date. If this form is submitted late, you may lose benefits. If you are eligible for benefits, allow 10 business days to process your payment after the EDD receives the DE 2593.

If You’re Not Receiving Automatic Payments

If you are not on automatic payment, you will receive Claim for Continued Disability Benefits (DE 2500A) every two weeks to certify that your disability continues. Your benefits will stop if you do not complete and return the DE 2500A.

To submit the DE 2500A online, select 2500A Claim for Continued Disability Benefits in your SDI Online inbox. When the form is available to complete, you will receive an email to log in to SDI Online. To submit the 2500A by mail, use the self-addressed envelope provided.

The DE 2500A must be returned to the EDD online or by mail within 20 days from the mailing date. If this form is submitted late, you may lose benefits. If you have an SDI Online account and selected electronic as your preferred communication, you will not receive the DE 2500A in the mail. If you misplaced the DE 2500A, request the form using SDI Online or by calling 1-800-480-3287.

If you are eligible for benefits, allow 10 business days to process your payment after the EDD receives the DE 2500A.

If You Need to Extend Your DI Period

You are eligible to receive benefits up until the expected recovery date provided by your physician/practitioner. With your final payment, you will receive a Physician/Practitioner’sSupplementary Certificate (DE 2525XX) by mail. If you have not fully recovered and want to extend your disability period to continue benefits, you must submit a medical certification.

You must have your physician/practitioner complete the DE 2525XX and return the form to the EDD. If your physician/practitioner has an SDI Online account, they can search for this form using your last name and Claim ID number or last four digits of your Social Security number, date of birth, and last name.

The DE 2525XX must be returned to the EDD online or by mail within 20 days from the mailing date. If this form is submitted late, you may lose benefits. If you are eligible to received continued benefits, allow 10 business days to process your payment after the EDD receives the DE 2525XX. If you misplaced the DE 2525XX, request the form using your SDI Online account or by calling 1-800-480-3287.

If you have exhausted your available DI benefits but your disability is continuing, you may want to consider applying for disability benefits through Social Security.