How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Do I receive Social Security Disability for the rest of my life?

You may receive Social Security Disability benefits until it converts automatically to full retirement benefits at your full retirement age. Basically, Social Security is just changing the fund that you receive your monthly benefit from. Having said that, there are situations that may cause your Social Security Disability benefits to terminate prior to full retirement age. The main causes of Social Security Disability termination are work activity and medical improvement.

Medical improvement - When you are approved for disability benefits, your disability case receives a future review date. These reviews are called continuing disability reviews (CDR) and everyone has to have them. So if you receive a notification that your disability claim is being reviewed, there is no need to be overly concerned. You have not been singled out.

You will be asked to complete forms that provide information about your disabling condition, medical treatment, medications, and any potential work activity. Once Social Security gets the information, they send it to the state disability agency for a disability determination. If your medical information does not indicate medical improvement (your condition has improved so that you no longer meet disability guidelines), your disability benefits will be continued. Note: they typically are continued as most people's condition will continue to meet the definition of disability so that they will still qualify for disability benefits.

Work - If you are disabled and you return to work, your earnings could cause your disability benefits to be suspended or even terminated. You are entitled to a nine month trial work period (TWP); After that, you have an extended period of eligibility (EPE) that lasts for an additional 36 months. The EPE allows you to start receiving disability benefits that have been suspended because of work if your disabling condition causes you to again be unable to work. If you work one month after your EPE, your disability benefits will be terminated. Work activity can trigger a continuing disability review, and if you are found to have medically improved your benefits will be terminated.

Social Security Disability is about functionality and the ability to maintain employment. This is what will determine if you will be approved for disability. Your Social Security Disability benefits will not last a lifetime if you are shown to have medically improved to a level that suggests you are no longer disabled. If you remain unable to work and there is no indication of medical improvement, you will remain on Social Security Disability until full retirement age when you convert to retirement benefits.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

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Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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