If you call SSA and ask about your Social Security Disability or SSI CDR will it trigger one?

If you call SSA and ask about your Social Security Disability or SSI CDR will it trigger one?

Will calling Social Security about your disability review trigger the review happening? The simple answer to this question is of course not. Continuing disability reviews are done at planned intervals.

When you are approved for disability, your disability claim is provided a date for review known as a diary date. This date could be less than three years, three years, or seven years. Social Security generally sets a diary of three years or less for disability claims that medical improvement might be possible, while seven year diary dates would indicate a more permanent disability unlikely to ever improve to the point of becoming non-disabled.

If your disability claim comes up for review, there is no reason to be overly concerned about losing your disability benefits if you have not been able to go back to work or your doctors have not indicated that you have medically improved. When your claims diary date comes up, you will mostly likely receive a letter and a CDR packet to complete. You should complete the CDR packet and return it (most likely there is a self address return envelope included) as soon as possible. If you wait too long to respond, your disability benefits could be stopped for failure to cooperate. Social Security will keep your disability benefits suspended until they receive the forms.

After they receive your CDR packet, they will send it to your state disability agency to complete the medical review. The review is similar to your initial disability application but different in that they are simply reviewing the information to see if it indicates you have medically improved or have not improved. This process may include a consultative examination if they do not have enough medical information to make their decision. However, if you have had routine medical treatment since your last review, you most likely would not be sent for any examinations.

In conclusion, your call to ask about a CDR will not trigger a review. However, you should remember all disability claims are reviewed at one point or another so no need to be overly concerned when you receive the inevitable notice that your disability claim is being reviewed.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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