Continuing disability review – important factors


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Continuing disability review – important factors

  1. 1.                              1­800­670­2809 Continuing Disability Review – Important Factors This article discusses some factors that are taken into consideration when conducting a continuing disability review. If you are receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI/SSD (Social Security Disability Insurance), you will have to undergo a periodic medical record review by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is to ensure that you continue to be disabled. This review is called CDR (Continuing Disability Review). The individual’s resources, income and living arrangements also come under the purview of the disability review. It is a redetermination, according to the SSA. Resources include things a person owns such as bank accounts/U. S. savings bonds/cash/life insurance/land/personal property/vehicles and deemed resources. What are deemed resources? This is when SSA deems a portion of the resources of your parent, spouse, parent’s spouse, sponsor of an alien or sponsor’s spouse as belonging to you. The value of your resources should stay within the allowable limit at the beginning of the month for you to be eligible for SSI for that month. You may be eligible to receive SSI from the month after you sell the excess resources. You may be eligible to receive benefits during the period you are trying to sell them. When you sell                              1­800­670­2809
  2. 2.                              1­800­670­2809 the resource, make sure that you pay back the SSI benefits paid to you (conditional benefits) for the period in which you were trying to sell the resource. The “conditional benefits agreement” form can be obtained from your local Social Security office. In case the resource is sold or given away for less than its real value, you may be ineligible for SSI benefits up to 36 months. The value of the resource you sold/gave away determines how long you will remain ineligible for SSI benefits. Income is significant with regard to the SSI program because the more countable income an individual has the less will be the SSI benefit. You are not eligible for the benefits if your countable income is above the allowable limit. On the other hand, some of your income may not even count as income as per the SSI program. More information on this is available at the website Another factor that is taken into consideration is your living arrangement. The SSI benefits paid vary in accordance with the place where you live. • In your own establishment • In someone else’s household • In a board and care facility/group care • In a hospital/nursing home or similar institution Your SSI benefits may be reduced under special conditions, more information of which is provided at Benefit amount for homeless people are calculated in the same way as that for a person who is living in his own                              1­800­670­2809
  3. 3.                              1­800­670­2809 establishment. People living in a public shelter for the homeless can also receive up to the maximum SSI benefit payable in their state for a maximum of 6 months out of any 9 month period. Even if you don’t have an address, the SSA will make due arrangements to make payments to you. The length of time between continuing disability reviews vary from one case to another. It partly depends on the classification of the impairment for which the benefits were granted. • Medical Improvement Possible (MIP): review once every three years. • Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE): review once every five to seven years. • Medical Improvement Expected (MIE): review six to eighteen months following the initial finding of disability • Vocational Re-examination cases: review of recipientsenrolled in vocational program, which may improve the ability to work at the end of the program • One of these factors is present: technological advancements that help an individual to return to work or another person reports to the Social Security Administration that the person has recovered/returned to work. Posted by MOS Medical Record Review Company                              1­800­670­2809