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FAQ - Benefit Payments, Certifications, and Continued Medical

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Most SDI benefit payments are issued within two weeks after a properly completed claim is received by SDI. By filling in your application completely and verifying that all information is correct, you play a key role in ensuring your benefit payment is issued promptly.

If the benefit payment is the form of a check, please allow 10 days from the date the check was issued for postal delivery or return of a check.

If it has been over 10 days since the check was issued, contact SDI. SDI will investigate to determine if your check has already been cashed and, if it has, will request that you receive a copy of the check and endorsing signature. If the signature is yours, no further action will be required. If the endorsement is not yours, contact SDI for further instructions.

If the benefit payment is being issued to your EDD Debit CardSM account, you should expect to receive it in no more than five business days. If it has been over five days since the benefit payment was issued, contact SDI.

Checks are negotiable for one year. If your check has “expired”, contact SDI for benefit payment instructions.

A nurse practitioner can certify for all medical conditions within their scope of practice. However, to certify to a disability other than normal pregnancy and childbirth, the nurse practitioner must perform a physical examination and collaborate with a physician and/or surgeon.

The DE 2500A, commonly called a continued claim certification, is your request for continued disability benefits. By signing and dating the front of the form, you certify that during the dates shown on the continued claim certification you were still disabled. If you recovered or returned to work part- or full-time, fill in the appropriate area on the front of the continued claim certification.

No, return the continued claim certification form on the date indicated after the “end” date, unless you have recovered from your disability or returned to work before that date. SDI can pay only for the days up to the postmark date or the signature date, whichever is earlier.

Remember, if you have recovered, returned to work, or are receiving money from any source, you must advise us by filling in the appropriate areas on the continued claim certification form.

Normally, SDI benefit payments are issued within seven days after we receive a completed continued claim certification.

No, benefit payments are not issued from offices.

SDI can issue benefits only up until the date your physician/practitioner confirms you are disabled. In the same envelope as your notice, you should have also received a Physician/Practitioner’s Supplementary Certificate (DE2525XX). Ask your physician/practitioner to complete the DE2525XX and send it back to the address shown on the form. If you did not receive the Physician/Practitioner’s Supplementary Certificate, contact SDI for further information.

If you will be disabled beyond the original period established on your claim, have your physician/practitioner complete and submit the DE 2525XX online. To request the form, call 1-800-480-3287.

If you feel you cannot return to work performing your regular or customary job duties, you should discuss your situation with your physician/practitioner. You may also seek the opinion of another physician/practitioner. If you do see another physician/practitioner, contact SDI to get a Supplementary Certificate for them to complete.