Handling a Disability Review when it comes
Here’s how this normally happens. You have been receiving disability benefits for a while. A few years have a passed and you probably thinking that SSA is not thinking about you. All of sudden, you get a letter in the mail letting you know that SSA is conducting a disability review to determine if you are still disabled. Your heart starts to race. You get upset and you don’t know what to do.
Take a second to catch yourself. Breathe a bit. And now, focus on what SSA is asking you and what you need to do:
- SSA is looking for medical improvement
When SSA is doing a ‘Continuing Disability Review‘, they are trying to determine if they think your condition has medically improved to the point where you can return to work. Remember, every medical condition has the ability to improve. In addition, improvements in medications and treatment happen every day so they are bracing for the possibility that your condition may have improved.
- Let your doctors know right away that you are going through a review
SSA is going to be asking for your medical records. So you want to make sure there are no delays in the government getting what they need. Make sure you let your doctors know that SSA will be requesting these documents.
- Be as aggressive about proving that you STILL are disabled as you were when you were proving that you ARE disabled.
When you weren’t receiving disability benefits, you were very aggressive in trying to prove you were disabled. Now that you have them, if you still believe you are disabled, you should be just as aggressive in proving that you are STILL disabled.
- Brace yourself for the possibility that your benefits may end.
The hardest thing to prepare for is the reality that your disability benefits may end. If your condition hasn’t improved and this is your sole source of income, the possibility of your benefits ending is terrifying but it is a reality that you must face.
No matter what happens, you should be prepared for the reality that a disability review may happen. Make sure you do what you can to prepare for this possibility.