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What could impact your continuing eligibility for SSD benefits?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2018 | Social Security Disability |

For those living with disabilities in Ohio, it can be challenging to get by. Because of this, certain programs have been designed to help individuals who are unable to work because of a disability. The goal of these programs is to help individuals meet their basic needs while they are living with a disability that prevents them from working temporarily or permanently. Receiving these benefits is very valuable and necessary. Therefore, when these benefits suddenly stop, recipients are likely to endure hardships.

What could impact your continuing eligibility for Social Security disability benefits? When an applicant in Ohio or elsewhere has been approved for SSD benefits, they will likely continue to receive these benefits as long as they are deemed disabled. Unfortunately, certain events could occur, making a recipient no longer eligible for disability benefits.

This could occur if the recipient’s health has improved enough so they reach a point where they are no longer considered disabled. Benefits could also stop if a recipient decides to go back to work, because they would rather obtain an income than depend on SSD benefits. Because the law requires occasional reviews of a recipient’s case to establish that they are still disabled, it might be determined that the recipient is no longer disabled. In these matters, the Social Security Administration will tell the recipient that their case will be reviewed, and will inform them of their benefit status following the review. However, recipients are also required to inform the SSA if their health has improved.

SSD benefits could stop if a recipient has began working at a level that is considered to be substantial. Roughly $1,180 a month is considered to be substantial. Benefits will also stop if the SSA has determined that the medical condition suffered by a recipient has improved to a point where he or she is no longer considered disabled.

If your SSD benefits have stopped and you believe that you are still eligible for benefits, it is important to understand your rights. This means taking the steps to appeal the decision and protecting your rights and interests in the matter.