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What Factors Determine Who is Eligible to Pursue Disability Retirement Benefits in California?
In California, disability retirement benefits are typically provided to public employees who are active members of public employee retirement systems — like CalPERS and CalSTRS.
While each system may have slightly different eligibility criteria, obtaining disability retirement benefits in California generally depends on the following common factors:
- Disability Requirement
You must have a qualifying disability that prevents you from performing your regular job duties. The disability must be expected to be permanent or long-term. Qualifying disabilities can vary, but they typically include physical and mental impairments that make it impossible or significantly challenging for you to work.
- Medical Evaluation
Most retirement systems require those seeking benefits to undergo a medical evaluation by an approved medical professional to determine the extent and permanency of the disability.
- Age and Service Requirements
Some disability retirement benefits may have age and service requirements, including a minimum number of years of service or a certain age to qualify for full benefits.
Vesting requirements can vary depending on the specific retirement system.
- Documentation and Application
Eligible individuals must provide documentation of their disability and follow the application process outlined by your retirement system. This typically includes submitting medical records and other required paperwork.
If you are a governmental employee and have a medical condition that makes it impossible to perform your job or a modified or alternative job with your same employer, you may be eligible for disability retirement benefits.
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