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How do you qualify for an exemption on the basis of age?


DTA made a number of changes and suspended a number of rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide notes in red when a rule was suspended during the pandemic.

You are exempt from the time limit and the Work Program if you are age 60 or older. DTA Online Guide (Exemptions from Time Limited Benefits).

Advocacy Reminder:

  • DTA regulations sayyou are exempt from the time limit and the Work Program based on age if you are age 66 or older, or you are age 60 or older, you are a child’s primary caregiver, and you retired before applying for benefits. See 106 C.M.R. § 703.100(A)(1)(h). Contact your local legal services program, Appendix D: Massachusetts Legal Services Offices, if you are age 60 or older and DTA says you do not qualify for an exemption.

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