Both Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits depend on the same definition of “disabled.” The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) uses three factors to determine whether you are disabled:
- You cannot do the work you did before
- The SSA determines that you cannot adjust to other work (this is broadly defined to mean, quite literally, any work whatsoever)
- Your disability will last longer than a year
If you are already receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, this definition of “disabled” remains the same. So if you are no longer disabled, you are no longer eligible to receive SSI or SSDI benefits.
Depending on the condition for which the SSA granted you benefits in the first place, the SSA will review your case from time to time. If doctors believe that your condition is likely to improve, then the SSA will re-examine your case more frequently – generally within six months to a year and a half of your initial receipt of SSI or SSDI benefits. If your condition is worse, your review will be less frequent, perhaps only every two to three years.
When it is your time for a review, the SSA will notify you by mail, and someone from your local Social Security office will be in touch regarding the process. The disability review is similar to your initial application in that medical experts will examine you to determine the status of your disability. If the SSA finds that you are no longer disabled, your benefits will end three months after the SSA determines that your disability ended. You do have 60 days to appeal the decision to discontinue your benefits, and there are multiple levels of appeal just as with the initial application process.
Did the Social Security Administration discontinue your disability benefits? Were you able to successfully appeal the decision?
Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys