Elimination Period

The time between the occurrence of an event (such as getting sick) and the beginning of insurance coverage.  Elimination or waiting periods are common features of disability insurance. Short-term disability insurance often has an elimination period of between three and ten days.  In those cases, you will not have any reimbursement of your lost wages by the short-term disability insurer until after you have been sick and unable to work for the number of days in the elimination period.