Going Through a Continuing Disability Review

by Clauson on July 11, 2017

Once you’ve been awarded Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, it’s important to know that your dealings with the Social Security Administration are not over for good. From time to time, you will be expected to undergo a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). This social security review is a follow-up on the part of the SSA to make sure that you are still disabled and eligible to receive SSDI benefits. Contrary to what it sounds like, though, this is not the SSA pulling a “gotcha” so they can catch you in the act and take away your benefits. Still, it’s good to know what to expect so you have nothing to worry about.

Continuing Disability Review

How Often Will CDRs Happen?
The frequency of a social security review depends on your prognosis. If your condition is expected to improve, they will probably happen with a little more frequency — maybe every six months to a year. If improvement is possible, but not expected, then you will probably be expected to undergo a CDR every two to three years. If your medical condition is not likely to see improvement anytime soon, then these reviews will happen even less often, like maybe every five years or so.

What Happens in a Continuing Disability Review?
When you get the notice of an impending CDR, you will also receive a form to fill out and return. Depending on several factors, this will either be a short form or a long one. The short forms are usually read by computers unless there is an anomaly, while a long form is read by an actual person. Either way, the form will ask you to submit evidence and documentation that you are still disabled, and still in need of SSDI benefits.

To fill out the form, you will be asked to get information and medical advice from doctors. It is important to have an honest conversation about your condition with your doctors, as this conversation will be used to determine your future benefit status. Also, doctors are often contacted by the SSA as well, so any discrepancies between the information provided could be seen as a red flag.

Is a CDR Something to Worry About?
In most cases, no. As I said earlier, a continuing disability review is not the SSA trying to take away your benefits. Most people retain their benefits, and those that lose them are healthy enough to work so they don’t need them. As long as you are still disabled, and have the documentation and doctor’s information needed to show that, then you should have nothing to worry about.


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