The Social Security Administration (SSA) is required by law to occasionally review the medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits to make sure those people continue to be disabled. Generally, if your health has not improved or your disability still keeps you from working, your benefits will continue.
First, the SSA first will gather new information about your medical condition to help them make a decision. They will ask your doctors, hospitals, and other medical sources for your medical records. They will ask them how your medical condition limits your activities, what your medical tests show, and what medical treatments you have been given. If they need more information, they will ask you to go for a special examination or test. They pay for it.
Next, the SSA will review what your medical condition was at the last review of your case, as well as any new health problems. Then they will make a decision about whether or not your medical condition has improved. If they decide your medical condition has improved, they will decide if it has improved enough to allow you to work. They will also see if the overall medical condition affects the kind of work you can do, including past work or any other kind of work you might be able to do now.
If your medical condition has improved to the extent that the SSA decides you can work, your benefits will stop. Other times your disability benefits will stop:
If the SSA decides your disability benefits will stop, and you disagree, you can appeal their decision. That means you can ask them to look at your case again. When you get a letter telling you about the decision, the letter will tell you how you can appeal the decision.
For more information and to find copies of our publications, visit socialsecurity.gov or call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 (for the hard of hearing: TTY 1-800-325-0778).
Your calls are treated confidentially. The SSA can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Generally, you will have a shorter waiting time if you call Wednesday through Friday. The SSA provides information by automated phone service 24 hours a day.