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Disability Benefits

Here are some things to keep in mind if you are receiving disability retirement benefits from Kentucky Retirement Systems:

​Disability Benefits - Maximum Payment

If a person receiving disability retirement benefits from KRS applies for Social Security disability and/or Workers’ Compensation, the disability benefits from KRS may be reduced if the combined income from KRS, Social Security, and Workers’ Compensation exceeds 100% of the member’s final rate of pay or final compensation, whichever is greater. If you have been awarded Social Security disability or received a Workers' Compensation settlement, you should submit to KRS a copy of the original award letter from Social Security or the Workers' Compensation settlement signed by the Administrative Law Judge.

Reemployment After Retirement

A person receiving disability retirement benefits who contemplates reemployment must provide KRS with a detailed job description of the intended position, which must be completed by the employer. The Medical Examiners will review the position description to determine if the person may accept the new position and return to work and remain eligible to continue receipt of disability benefits. If a person receiving disability benefits fails to disclose to KRS any employment after retirement, KRS may recover benefits paid to, or on behalf of, the person during the period of employment. Individuals receiving disability retirement benefits are also subject to the provisions of employment after retirement discussed in the reemployment after retirement  section.

Annual Review

Prior to the normal retirement date, KRS is required to perform periodic employment and medical reviews of members receiving disability retirement allowances. KRS may conduct these reviews annually, or less frequently as determined by the Board’s medical examiner, but not less than once every five years. As part of the review, the member may be required to submit updated medical and employment records and a Form 8101, Employment and Medical Staff Review Certification. Medical records should include all information regarding the bodily injury, mental illness, or disease for which the member is receiving a disability allowance since the member was approved for disability or since the last employment and medical review was conducted.


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