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When does the SSA conduct medical reviews for recipients?

On Behalf of | Jul 23, 2022 | Social Security Disability |

If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you undoubtedly remember how arduous the application process was. In addition to providing comprehensive information about your medical impairment and work history, you may have had to go through at least one appeal.

Now that you receive benefits every month, you may think you never have to deal with the SSA again. Nevertheless, the SSA conducts regular reviews to ensure SSDI recipients continue to be eligible for benefits.

When can you expect your review?

According to the SSA, you can expect to have a medical review roughly every three years. If you have a medical impairment that no one thinks will improve much, though, you may not hear from the SSA for up to seven years. Either way, you can expect your review to arrive in the mail at some point in the future.

How does the review take place?

The SSA is likely to use a standard form to gather information about your ongoing medical impairment. In some cases, it is possible to complete the review over the phone or online.

Why should you update your contact information?

SSA officials may suspend your SSDI benefits if you do not respond to its medical review within 30 days. Therefore, it is imperative for you to keep your contact information current. If your address changes, you can create an account on the SSA’s website. Then, you can use your account to change your name, address, telephone number and other contact details.

Ultimately, because a medical review may lead to the termination of your SSDI benefits, you should complete it as soon as possible.