When you start receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits, you need to expect periodic reviews of your disability or illness. The reviews determine whether you are still eligible to continue receiving these benefits.
The frequency of the reviews depends on your condition and whether or not you are expected to improve.
Preparing for a review
Many SSA beneficiaries are scared of these reviews, but you need not be. The most important thing is preparing for them by taking these measures.
- Maintain a relationship with your doctor, adhere to your prescribed treatment and have up-to-date medical records. This will show that you are not complacent and that you are doing all that you can to improve your condition or disability.
- Have copies of relevant documents, including previous communication with the SSA, to hand. They can prove useful in showing that you still deserve the benefits.
- Respond promptly to any communication from the SSA. Any unnecessary delays when getting back with information requests could stop your benefits. Should you change your address, it is necessary to update the SSA on your change of residence to facilitate communication.
- Be honest. When responding to questions from the SSA, you need to be forthcoming with the information requested. If you give incorrect information, it could lead to criminal action against you and the termination of your benefits.
Be prepared for any outcome
Sometimes, things do not always turn out as you expect. If your review leads to a stop of your disability benefits, it is advisable to be aware of the steps to take to try and overturn such a decision.
Sometimes, the process can seem overwhelming and complicated. However, with the necessary knowledge of navigating such cases, you can find a solution sooner than you think.