How do you extend short term disability?

Short term disability has a defined benefit that ends at a specified time. For example your policy may have a 3 month, 6 month, 12 month, or 24 month benefit period.

If you are disabled for maternity leave you may be able to extend your benefit if your doctor provides a medical reason for why you can't work. The typical maternity benefit is six weeks for vaginal birth, and eight weeks for a c-section delivery. This leaves room for you to extend the benefits before you reach the benefit period limit.

If you remain disabled beyond your policy's benefit period you will not be able to extend the benefits.