Social security disability benefits can help you maintain a reasonable standard of living while you cannot work. However, the Social Security Administration often requires continued communication to verify that you still qualify for benefits over time.
If your SSD benefits stop and you do not know why you may feel frustrated and hopeless. Knowing some of the reasons why this may have occurred can help you determine your next steps.
Changes in physical health or job
The SSA requires that you meet specific requirements to qualify for SSD benefits. They determine your eligibility after assessing your condition and the proof you provide regarding your condition. For example, your disability has to be of the magnitude that you cannot reasonably maintain your career. If your condition improves over time, you may no longer have SSD eligibility.
Depending on your condition and the circumstances surrounding your recovery, you may choose to work again someday. The SSA provides a series of incentives to help you transition back into the workplace if you choose to pursue employment again. However, you must disclose your intentions to the SSA. Failure to do so could result in immediate suspension of your benefits. You may also face repercussions such as a requirement to repay any benefits you collected while working.
Relocation or incarceration
A couple of other reasons why your benefits may stop include relocation and incarceration. If you move to a new state, you will want to inform the SSA to determine that your benefits will continue. Incarceration and involvement in crime will result in the immediate removal of your benefits.
If your benefits discontinue and you disagree with the SSA’s reasoning, you can file an appeal. The SSA may reconsider your situation and restore your benefits if they find substantial evidence to conclude that you still qualify for support.