For qualified individuals, disability benefits can serve as a welcome financial relief when they can no longer work due to a disabling condition. If you’ve already been approved for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, it is important to understand that your benefits can be terminated under certain circumstances.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts periodic reviews of SSD beneficiaries. If, on review of your case, the SSA is convinced that your situation has significantly improved, and therefore, you no longer meet the criteria for receiving the benefits, you will be notified of the termination of your benefits. There are two common reasons why the SSA might turn the tap off on someone’s disability benefits.
Returning to work
Since the SSA’s definition of disability generally refers to an inability to engage in a substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to someone’s medical conditions, working while on disability benefits can raise questions. Of course, the primary determinant of whether employment qualifies as SGA is the amount you are being paid. In other words, if you are earning $1,470 ($2,640 if you are blind) per month, your income would qualify as SGA even if you are working part-time. As such, your benefits will be terminated.
An improvement in your medical condition
If the SSA confirms an improvement in your disabling or psychiatric condition, they may conclude that you are no longer disabled. Consequently, your benefits will be terminated. Likewise, your refusal to follow through with your treatment plan can lead to the termination of your benefits.
Protecting your rights and interests
If you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you need to be aware of the circumstances that can lead to the cessation of your benefits. Learning how the SSA disqualifies recipients of disability benefits from additional assistance can help you protect your rights and interests while appealing erroneously terminated benefits.