Are SSDI and SSI Benefits Normally Continued After A Continuing Disability Review?


Social Security Disability beneficiaries do not have to come into the Social Security office to complete their CDR, even if that is the claims representatives preferred method. They can request a phone medical review if they have problems coming to the office. Or they can even request that the forms are mailed to them for completion.

However, it is generally easier if a disability beneficiary completes the CDR in the claims representative's preferred method unless there is a real reason not to do so.

Generally, continuing disability reviews are just an update of a Social Security beneficiary's medical and work information. If the beneficiary has not returned to substantial work activity (SGA), or they have not had significant medical improvement documented by medical evidence, their disability benefits will continue normally after the continuing disability review.

It is especially difficult for Social Security to show medical improvement in disability cases approved at an administrative law judge disability hearing. Administrative law judges have much more flexibility in their disability determinations than disability examiners using the Social Security Disability guidebook.

This means there is very little possibility of showing medical improvement for an individual who did not meet the
criteria of the Social Security Disability program guidebook to begin with.

Note: when we say guidebook, we are referring both to the Social security list of impairments, as well as the printed version of the listings which were published under the title "Disability Evaluation under Social Security" and which served as a desk reference for disability examiners at disability determination services, the agency that delivers decisions on disability applications and reconsideration appeals.

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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