When Do Your SSA Disability Benefits Disappear?

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Aug 8, 2022 | Sara Khaki

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two of the most extensive SSA programs implemented to aid and support people with disabilities. SSDI is provided for people with qualifying impairments who pay social security taxes and meet a specific working threshold. To qualify for SSI, however, you may not need to pay social security taxes or meet a work threshold, but your financial assets cannot exceed a certain status.

Despite the helpfulness of these programs for people with disabilities, they may not last forever. There are many circumstances where your SSA disability benefits could begin to recede. Contacting experienced legal counsel can provide you with the guidance you need to understand your eligibility status more completely.

Health Improvements Might Result in a Discontinuation of Benefits

Potentially, the most prominent reason for discontinuation of benefits is when one’s health drastically improves or their disability goes away. The SSA will monitor participants’ health to ensure their assistance is still needed. If the SSA reviews your case and deems your additional subsidy unnecessary, they will likely begin the process to take it away.

Continuing Disability Review Audits

A Continuing Disability Review (CDR) is an occasional audit of your medical condition performed to observe your disability. The regularity of these reviews depends on the impairment at hand. If conditions are expected to improve quickly, an appraisal may be performed in as little as six to 18 months. If your condition is not likely to improve, a CDR could be done as infrequently as seven years, although this number is subject to vary. If the SSA determines your benefits may no longer be needed, they will start the discontinuation process.

Does Working Make Someone Ineligible for Disability?

Another common reason for withdrawing your SSA benefits includes changing your employment status. If you have recently become fit to start working a new job or work more hours, the SSA might investigate taking away your benefits. If your working income has increased, the SSA will often institute a nine-month trial work period (TWP). During this period, administrators will inspect how much your employer compensates you to determine if your benefits are still essential. As of 2022, totaling $970 or more a month will trigger a TWP review. It should be noted that TWPs do not apply to SSI benefits.

If you think these benefits are unjustly being revoked, you can appeal your decision. The SSA has created a free pamphlet to learn more about how your disability benefits may be taken.

Reach Out to an Attorney for More Information Regarding SSA Disability Benefit Expirations

If you believe your SSA benefits are being unfairly taken, a well-informed social security attorney can help manage your case and walk you through the decision process. Do not let your benefits be unreasonably taken away. Please speak with our capable team to find out how we can assist your SSA needs.

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