Benefit period

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A benefit period is a length of time during which a benefit is paid. This may be a government benefit such as the British Housing Benefit,[1] or a healthcare benefit system such as the American Medicare, or payment from an insurance policy such as a Payment protection insurance[2] which covers mortgage or other commitments after accident, illness or redundancy. It may also be known as the Payment period.

A related terms is Benefit week[3] used in calculation of entitlement to benefits.


In the context of the United States healthcare system Medicare, a benefit period begins the day a beneficiary is admitted to a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). The benefit period ends when the beneficiary has not received any inpatient hospital care (or skilled care in a SNF) for 60 days in a row. If a beneficiary is readmitted into a hospital or SNF after one benefit period has ended, a new benefit period begins.

Benefit year or season[edit]

A Benefit year or season[4] is a period during which a sports person is granted the benefit of various activities by his or her club or other organisation.

See Benefit (sports)


  1. ^ "RR2 - A guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit". UK Department for Work and Pensions. Archived from the original on 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  2. ^ "What's a benefit period?". ANT insurance. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  3. ^ "The Social Security, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2007". UK Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 2009-02-25. ...where the claimant is not entitled to housing benefit in the benefit week immediately following the date of his claim but the relevant authority is of the opinion that unless there is a change of circumstances he will be entitled to housing benefit for a period beginning not later than the thirteenth benefit week following the date on which the claim is made, the relevant authority may treat the claim as made on a date in the benefit week immediately preceding the first benefit week of that period of entitlement and award benefit accordingly.
  4. ^ "Anthony McGrath benefit year 2009". Archived from the original on 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-02-25.