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In which situations can my disability benefits stop?

If you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance), there are two situations in which your disability could be stopped.

All disability claims are set up for medical reviews every few years. If you are found to have medically improved, your disability benefits may be ceased. Medical improvement can be shown by your ability to go back to substantial gainful activity (SGA) for a sustained period of time, or your doctor indicates that you have had medical improvement to the point you are no longer disabled.

The second situation involves the work I mentioned above. When you are approved for disability, you have a 9-month trial work period in which you can earn what you wish without it affecting your disability.

The trial work months do not have to be consecutive and they can occur any time over a five-year period. Once you have used them up, though, if you are earning over SGA on the 10th month your disability benefits will be suspended and you will begin an extended period of eligibility known as the EPE.

During this 36-month period, your disability can be reinstated for any month you are not earning over SGA or your work ends due to your disabling condition. Once the EPE is completed, any month you earn over SGA will cause your disability benefits to be terminated.

If you are receiving SSI disability, your disability benefits could be terminated for a variety of reasons. Your SSI could be terminated if you are found to have medically improved to the point you no longer meet the Social Security Disability requirements. Your SSI benefits can be terminated if you are consistently over the income or resource limits.

If you are in a terminated status for more than a year you will have to file your disability claim again.

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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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