What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Can You Lose Your Social Security Disability Benefits after You get Them?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Getting approved for disability (social security disability or SSI disability) is a long and difficult experience for most applicants. The application level, the reconsideration appeal level, and the hearing level can, timewise, amount to three years or more (though this is not always the case). During that time, many applicants suffer extreme financial hardship.
In addition to that, many, or most, applicants go without critical access to needed medical care that, in addition to exacerbating their condition, makes it more difficult to win their disability cases (because without access to doctors, it is very difficult to present the social security administration with current medical documentation that is needed to substantiate a claim).
If it were very easy for a person to easily lose their disability benefits after having put so much time and effort (and anxiety and financial loss as well) into getting them in the first place, then the federal disability system would be even worse than it currently is. Fortunately, however, most applicants for SSD or SSI disability benefits who get approved will retain their benefits after a continuing disability review, or CDR, has been conducted.
A CDR is simply a review that is done every few years (usually every three years or more, but in some cases as long as every seven years, and as little as one year from the date of the initial approval) to ascertain whether or not a person is still medically disabled and, thus, entitled to receive disability benefits. Most reviews that are done end with this result: the individual has their benefits continued, meaning they are found to be still disabled.
This happens because it is very difficult for the social security administration to prove that medical improvement has taken place. So, in other words, if you have a review of your case, there is typically little to worry about.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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