Retirement - Disability benefits
You can apply once you are within 90 days of your requested retirement date. ERS must receive all of the required information before your requested retirement date. You can find more information on the disability retirement webpage.
Please note: The retirement effective date cannot be a past date.
If you are denied disability retirement, ERS will send you a letter detailing your right to appeal.
For an occupational disability, you should provide medical records from the date of injury through the current date. The medical records should be from your primary care physician and your specialist.
For a nonoccupational disability, you should provide medical records from the past two years through the current date. The medical records should be from your primary care physician and your specialist.
The medical records should include progress notes or an examination report from each office visit that include your medical history, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment recommendations.
ERS does not request medical records from any doctor, medical office, or other entity on your behalf.
You must have requested and been denied a reasonable accommodation with your agency before applying for disability retirement. ERS will require a written outcome of the reasonable accommodation request.
An ERS Attending Physician Statement is required to apply for disability retirement benefits and may be completed by either your primary care physician or your specialist. Either a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine must complete the form.
No, ERS will not contact a doctor, medical office, or other entity on your behalf.