Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
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?
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Social Security Disability Status
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Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
The Social Security Disability Medical Review
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Once you have been approved for disability you will begin receiving your monthly benefit from Social Security, and periodically Social Security will conduct a medical review of your claim.
Most individuals will have a medical review every three years, although some individuals receive medical reviews every seven years. Individuals with seven-year review date have conditions that are usually permanent, and are not likely to improve.
The medical review process sometimes includes a face-to-face interview, however it can be done by mail or telephone interview. Social Security requests an update on your medical information, work, or educational activities, and sends the information to the state disability agency to determine if you have had any medical improvement since your began receiving disability or your last review. If there has been no determinable improvement in your medical and/or mental condition, you will continue to receive your disability benefits.
However, if medical improvement in your disabling condition has been documented, you may lose your entitlement to a disability benefit. This is known as a disability cessation.
You have right to appeal Social Security’s decision. Additionally, while you are waiting you are allowed to continue your disability benefits. You only have to appeal your cessation within ten days to request the payment continuation.
Remember, even if you miss the ten-day payment continuation deadline, you still can appeal you disability cessation within the sixty-day appeal period.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions