Being approved for either the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program does not mean that you will continue to receive the benefits for the rest of your life. The Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts continuing disability reviews (CDRs) to determine if anyone who currently receives SSDI or SSI benefits no longer qualifies as disabled.
How Often Are Continuing Disability Reviews Conducted?
The frequency of CDRs will vary depending on a number of factors, including the recipient’s age and disability. Children who are receiving benefits will have their case reviewed when they turn 18 years old, whereas adults typically have their case reviewed every three to seven years. The exact time that an adult’s case is reviewed will depend on their condition. For example, if an adult has a disabling condition that is expected to improve within a few years, the SSA will conduct a review sooner rather than later. However, if the adult’s condition is not expected to improve, the SSA will most likely wait about seven years to conduct a review.
The SSA will also conduct a review if they discover that you are employed and making a decent income. This indicates that you may no longer be disabled, which is why the SSA will need to review your case. They will also need to review your case if you or someone else reports that your condition has improved and you are able to return to work.
What Happens During A Review?
The SSA will notify you via mail if it is time for your CDR and ask you to fill out either a short or long form about your condition. The short form is for people who have long-term or permanent disabilities, whereas the long form is for recipients who have conditions that are expected to improve.
The short form is very simple and does not go into much detail, however the long form is about 10 pages long. In addition to filling out the form, the SSA will ask that you send in updated medical records and any other documentation that can be used to prove that you are still disabled.
If the SSA believes that your condition has not improved since you were first awarded benefits, the review will come to an end and you will keep your benefits. But, if the SSA believes your condition has improved significantly, they may find that you are able to work again and no longer eligible for benefits.
Is your case currently under review by the SSA? If so, get in touch with our team of experienced attorneys. We will guide you through the continuing disability review process to ensure your benefits are not taken away. Please call Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. today at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.