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State of Delaware Office of Pensions
If a participant becomes totally disabled, the participant is eligible to apply for a disability pension. To be eligible, the employee must have completed fifteen (15) years of pension credited service. The disability pension application is subject to medical review and approval by the Executive Secretary of the Board of Pension Trustees. The disability pension ceases at the end of the month in which the participant is no longer totally disabled, becomes deceased or reaches the participant’s retirement date whichever occurs sooner. Termination of a disability pension does not affect a participant’s right to qualify for a service pension or a subsequent disability pension.
A participant is considered eligible for a disability pension if a physical or mental disability prevents the participant from performing the duties of the position. If a disability pension application is filed, the examining physician, the employer and the applicant must complete and submit required information. The Executive Secretary will either grant or deny the disability pension.
A disability pension will be reduced to the extent that earnings from any gainful occupation or business profit earned after becoming disabled exceed one-half of the annual rate of compensation received before becoming disabled.
Until the disability pensioner attains age 60, the total of such earnings for the previous calendar year must be reported annually to the Board of Pension Trustees by April 30. The Office of Pensions will mail the required form for completion. After attaining age 60, no earning limitations apply.