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How can I prepare for a continuing disability review of my Social Security medical disability claim?

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Learn about the medical and work information to submit when your approved Social Security medical disability claim comes up for review.

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The Importance of Medical Information for Your Continuing Disability Review

When you are notified that your Social Security medical disability claim will be reviewed to determine whether you are still disabled under Social Security law, you will be asked to complete a continuing disability statement and to sign an authorization for release of information.

Because your continuing eligibility for benefits is being revisited, a continuing disability review should be treated with the same seriousness and care as the filing of a new claim. To complete the continuing disability forms, you will need to gather the same kinds of information that you submitted for your original application. For example, you will need to submit a statement of why you can’t work or why you can’t work more than you are currently working. You will also need to provide a list of your medications and health care providers, the dates you saw the providers, the conditions for which you were seen, and the treatment they gave. It’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor to let him or her know that your claim is being reviewed and that the Social Security Administration may request information.

Social Security considers all your limitations, so in addition to your main diagnoses and symptoms, list again any old conditions that limit you even if they are not the primary basis for your claim and even if you already told Social Security about them—that old football injury that keeps you from walking too far or the fall from the ladder ten years before your Social Security disability date that limits how long you can sit.

The Importance of Clear Vocational Information

If you have worked since your benefits began, you will also be asked for the dates you worked, the names and addresses of your employers, your job title, a description of your duties, and the physical and mental requirements of the job. Be sure to describe any difficulties you have or had with the work you are doing or did and any special assistance you receive or received on the job. If you are receiving special assistance or accommodations, it could be helpful to submit a letter from your employer that confirms the accommodations.

It may be a good idea to enlist the help of a capable friend or relative or a lawyer to prepare your statement, especially if your health limits your ability to gather all the information for this important review of your Social Security medical disability claim, For more information about the frequency of continuing disability reviews, see our article “Will My Social Security Disability Claim Be Reviewed Again after I Am Approved for Benefits?”

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  1. Rochelle says:

    My daughter is turning 18 next month.
    I’ve already turned in the application for the review process to see if she could still receive benefits.
    She has a learning disability & is 3 years behind her grade level.
    The representative on the phone said she could be terminated because they are denying learning disabilities as not enough.
    She is still in school & in SDC her conditions have not changed & just need some answers very worried as this is a new process.
    Thanks for any help

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rochelle,

      Whether or not your daughter’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will continue when she becomes an adult depends on her ability to work and sustain employment. If she is able to work, her academic deficits will not be sufficient to cause her to be considered disabled. That said, each person’s conditions are different and your daughter’s specific limitations will be considered. If she is denied, I suggest that you get her connected with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation or a private, non-profit organization for help with training and/or job placement into work she can perform.



  2. Bob Z. says:

    Hi. In the Fully Favorable letter from the judge he recommended that I be reviewed in 1 year; however, in the Notice of Award it said I will be reviewed every 3 years: which is correct?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bob,

      You posted this question under a different article where it was answered. Here is my response:

      Probably the review will occur in three years because it is likely that the review schedule is the same in all the computer records. To get more information, you might call Social Security at 800-772-1213 and ask them to look at your Master Beneficiary Record to see when your review is scheduled.


  3. Brandy Nesemeier says:

    I’m concerned about losing my benefits because I am working now. I’m a part time employee but have been working full time hours because of an opening of a new store. The hours will be cut to part time in a bout two weeks. I have had anxiety issues which make me cry at work and suicidal thoughts everyday because of issues I have communicating with my co workers that makes me very depressed. I see a Dr for medications. I’m a wreck. What can I do to prove I still have problems and I still need help?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brandy.

      I need more information to respond.

      1. Are you receiving Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both?
      2. How much gross do you earn when you are working part-time? Full-time?
      3. How long have you been working?
      4. Have you had other periods of work since your established disability onset date?


  4. Suzanne Corby says:

    Iv been on social security for 10 years now they say I m no longer disabled. Can social security expect me to work after 10 years of not working?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Suzanne,

      Social Security considers your transferable skills from past work, your age, and your current medically or mentally based limitations in deciding whether you are still disabled. So, if your benefits are being terminated, Social Security does expect that you can work. If you disagree, you have the right to appeal.


  5. latrice says:

    I received a cdr in the mail today it was just one paper front and back the questions wasnt hard. But my question is are they trying to stop my benefits? Is there a right or wrong way to answer the question. I was also reading on another site that my answer can raise red flags. I dont understand) my condition hasnt changed i havent work but i still see my doctor for my meds every two months…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Latrice,

      It is routine for claims to be approved with a future Continuing Disability Review (CDR) date. The best way to answer the questions is honestly. The purpose of the review is to see whether your benefits should be terminated; but if you are under regular medical care and your condition has not improved, benefits will likely continue. If they are terminated, you can appeal.


      • latrice says:

        Thank you.
        Will they send me a letter of response? Its been 3 weeks and havent heard nothing since i mailed the cdr back.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Latrice,

          Your question seems to indicate that you think you are communicating with the Social Security Administration, which you are not. The Disability Advisor offers attorney representation and general information about how Social Security, SSI, and VA law may affect claims for those benefits.


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