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Will I be informed if the SSA says I no longer have a disability?

When a person is receiving Social Security disability benefits in New Jersey, it does not necessarily mean the SSD benefits will continue indefinitely. The Social Security Administration regularly assesses claims and might decide that a person is no longer eligible. Often, this is linked to a disability review, but there are other situations where the SSA will determine that the person is no longer disabled. If that determination is made, it is important to know about the notification process and how to go about trying to get the benefits restarted if the person is still disabled.

The SSA will inform the person that he or she is no longer disabled because the agency has gotten information that conflicts with what the applicant has said about the disability. The advance notice will have a summary of the SSA's information. The claimant will be told why the determination that the person is no longer disabled was made. The person can reply.

If the determination was because of medical reasons, it will say what the medical information indicates. If it is because of work activity, the notice will say what information the SSA has about work the person might have done or is doing and why that work is indicative that the person is no longer disabled. If the person does not give the SSA information that was requested, the notification will say why it was needed and what the claimant must do. When the advance notice is received, the person can disagree with it and inform the state agency or the Social Security office of the disagreement. More information regarding the disability and evidence can be provided. In general, the person is given 10 days to contact the SSA.

There will be no advance notice if: the SSA has information that he or she is not disabled, more information was being accrued, and the benefits will stop; the benefits are stopping because the claimant said he or she is not disabled; or the SSA told the claimant that continuing to pay would likely lead to overpayment and the person asked that the benefits stop.

SSD benefits are critical for people who are disabled to make ends meet and get the medical care they need. When the benefits stop for any reason, it can be a fearful time. Understanding when the SSA will contact the claimant about stopping benefits and when they will not can be important to a case and preventing the stoppage of benefits. A law firm that has helped many people with their Social Security disability claims can explain and assist with this concern and any other issue related to disability benefits.

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