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Social Security Administration Revals Happening More
#11
Thanks halftrak. I am also to be reviewed every 3 years, but that may change with the cervical injury.

I have been reading on this subject and have found everyone will go thru a review to determine if they are disabled.

Here is some informations I would like to share:

The Social Security Administration periodically reviews cases every three or seven years depending on the severity of the condition, likelihood of improvement and the age of the claimant. This process is known as a Continuing Disability Review, and its purpose is to see if the claimant has experienced a change in their living circumstances. These reviews are carried out by employees of the Disability Determination Services and will include an examination by a doctor. Every single person receiving Social Security Disability benefits will be subject to these reviews and will receive a notice explaining the process. They will also receive a form in the mail which must be completed and returned to the Social Security Administration office. There are two different types of Continuing Disability Reviews: work and medical. The medical review is performed to see if the claimant is still suffering from a disability which prevents them from working. The work review looks at a Social Security Disability claimant’s earnings to see if their income is too high to receive benefits.
The Disability Review’s Purpose
The point of the Continuing Disability Review is not only to find out if you are recovering from the illness but also to see if you are suffering from any additional health problems. There is a possibility that a thorough examination will be required if the review team believe more information is necessary. A Continuing Disability Review is conducted in a similar manner to your original disability claim with the team carefully examining your medical records. Once the review is completed, the team will decide whether or not you are allowed to continue receiving your disability benefits. If they believe you have experienced an improvement in your condition, you will have to undergo a full disability review. Their decision will be mailed to you soon after the review.
If you are asked to participate in a full disability review, an interview form will be sent to you. This form is slightly more complex than the disability form you filled out during your initial claim. There will be questions pertaining to the period of time between your initial claim and the present. You will also be asked to get in touch with your nearest Social Security office where a representative will be waiting to advise you on your rights. You can certainly consult a Social Security attorney about your rights. This individual will also be able to ask any questions you have about the process.
Frequency Of Continuing Disability Reviews
On very rare occasions, claimants will undergo a Continuing Disability Review every six months but this will only happen in cases where the claimant is judged to have an illness which could be cured in a short period of time. Otherwise, the reviews take place either every three years or every seven. Social Security Disability claimants with illnesses that have a chance of healing have their cases reviewed every three years. Even those with conditions judged to be permanent have their cases reviewed every seven years by law. Claimants over the age of 50 usually undergo reviews every seven years as an improvement is considered less likely. The review team will look at the medical records which you presented when you first made the disability claim. They will then review any visits to the doctor or hospital you have made since the claim in order to see if there is any sign of the condition improving or worsening.
Changing Disability Laws
It needs to be remembered that the laws regarding what constitutes a disability are rapidly changing. However, if you have a condition that is no longer considered a disability under new rules, you will still receive Social Security Disability benefits if the condition has not improved and it was diagnosed before the change in law. An excellent example of a change in the law regards Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 20 years ago, children with ADHD regularly received benefits because the condition was considered to be a disability. Nowadays however, children with ADHD are usually not deemed to be disabled. Yet children who received payment under the old rules will still receive Social Security Disability benefits until they reach adulthood. Children who are considered to be disabled have their cases reviewed when they turn 18 because there are different rules for adults.
If You Lose Your Benefits After The Disability Review
If the review team decides you are no longer eligible for Social Security Disability, you will receive two more month’s worth of benefits in order to allow you time to find gainful employment or another means of supporting yourself. However, if you fail to fully cooperate with the review team your benefits are immediately cut off. Those who have their benefits taken away are allowed to take part in a face-to-face meeting with the individual who made the decision to terminate your income. If this meeting is unsuccessful, you are allowed to appeal and be heard by an Administrative Law Judge. It is a good idea to find a Social Security attorney to represent you in this instance.
 
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#12
That was an interesting read. I will reread it tomorrow. Thanks BK
8-05, Micro laminectomy/disectomy. 10-05 lumbar fusion L5-S1. 2-07 exploritory surgery. 12-07 medical implant, Spinal Cord Stimulator. now receiving SSDI. After going back to school, I received my degree as a mechanical engineer. What can I say, it was the only way I had to beat the system. 
 
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#13
(03-21-2011, 06:44 PM)Bummer Knees Wrote: I read about 6 months ago that Social Security Administration would be stepping up the evaluations of those on SSI and SSDI.

When one qualifies for one SSI or/& SSDI Social Security Administration send an award letter and informs the individual when they can expect an evaluation to determine if the individual is still disabled.

Many individual were due for an evaluation in recent years and it never happened. I was awarded SSDI in 2007 with it being posted dated to September 2006, my award letter said I would be evaluated by SSA in 2010, it never happened, but I do expect it to happen within the next year.

Recently I have been made a aware of several individuals who are being evaluated by SSA/DDS to determine if they are still disabled.

One is my sister, she received SSDI in 2003, had a liver transplant in 2005, her Hep C is still active. Another individual is a good friend of our family who started receiving SSDI in 2004, he received a head injury when assulted by inmates while working at a prison. He's had brain & spine surgery.

Just wondering if anyone of the forum has gone thru the re-evaluation process with SSA/DDS?



"Bummer Knees".........When I called into CMS to get info on my MSA the operator quickly stated to I me....."Ma'am, i have to ask you a few questions before hanging up with you. I had just informed her that I was on workers comp and wanted some info. Well, she asked me if "I" was currently working? Was my husband was working? or anyone in my family was working I said "No"..Then I said Ma'am.. I just asked a lot of questions pertaining to me NOT working. Anyway, it was on world news a few weeks ago that "numerous" of SSDI people ALL were working while collecting SSDI. Funny part about it..... All the people were working for the federal go'ment as either TSA workers or for the post office! How in the heck did this slip by the background check? After this story aired...SSA has been stepping up the process to at minimum try to ask all SSI and SSDI people if they are currently working. The story also stated that SSA was under staffed.
 
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#14
Interesting info, thanks for sharing

I know know of 3 individuals going thru re-eval by SSA.

I am expecting mine to happen this years so I am working on updating my medical records and preparing for the process.
 
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#15
I think i am on a 5 year cycle for review.
Cervical Fusion 2003, c5-c6. Herniated and damaged Disc L1- L4-L5 S1. Lumbar Spinal Cord stimulator implant 09-2008. Cervical ACDF revision with hardware c4-c5-c6-c7 Sept 2009.
SSDI approved 3-2010. NOW OFFICIALY RETIRED
 
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