Can SSDI Be Discontinued?By Kenton Koszdin on November 13, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
There are only two reasons that will stop your SSDI benefits, unless you’ve broken the law in some way and your benefits are revoked. If you’ve gone back to work, or started a new line of work that doesn’t affect your disability, your SSDI or even SSI, can be stopped. The same goes for those whose health has improved. The Social Security Administration, or SSA, will periodically review your eligibility for SSI or SSDI. However, it is your responsibility to let them know if or when things change.
When is your SSI or SSDI Reviewed?
When your initial SSI or SSDI benefits were approved, they also determined whether you would improve or not. This determination dictates how often your disability case will be reviewed. For example, if you got a determination of “expected to improve” then your case will be reviewed sometime between 6 and 18 months. If it is possible for you to improve but you may not, the soonest your case will be reviewed is 3 years. If improvement in your health condition isn’t expected at all, you will still have your case reviewed, but in no less than 7 years.
However, they don’t just look at your health condition. Your income and ability to provide yourself with an income are also factored in during your review.
Have You Gone Back to Work?
If you have gone back to work and are making enough each month to support yourself without SSDI or SSI, your benefits can be stopped. However, it is advisable that if you want to attempt to go back to work, you use SSA’s work incentive program. For a short time, you will be able to keep your SSDI or SSI benefits, including cash and Medicaid or Medicare. If you aren’t able to continue working, your disability benefits continue when you stop working again. If you can’t go back to the same line of work you were in before, Social Security will even pay for education and training, or even vocational rehabilitation, so you can start working in a new industry.
Whether you go back to work on your own or use the Social Security Administration’s work incentive program, you will have to let them know you are working and how much you make.
Has Your Health Condition Improved?
If your health condition has improved, whether or not it was expected to, you may have your SSI or SSDI benefits stopped. To prove whether or not it has improved, you will most likely need to send in medical records for the period you’ve been receiving benefits as well as fill out necessary questionnaires. Your doctors may even receive requests for information and records directly from the SSA.
Have you gotten an SSI or SSDI review notification in the mail? If you need help handling the review of your benefits, it is best to talk to a disability lawyer who is familiar with regular reviews of SSI and SSDI benefits. In the Los Angeles area, Kenton Koszdin has the experience necessary to get you through the disability review process. Call for a free consultation.