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Anyone Kicked Off Of SSDI?

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Dan J.:
Reviewing your medical condition All people receiving disability benefits must have their medical conditions reviewed from time to time. Your benefits will continue unless there is strong proof that your condition has improved medically and that you are able to return to work.

Frequency of reviews
How often your medical condition is reviewed depends on how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve. Your award notice tells you when you can expect your first review.

Medical improvement expected—if your condition is expected to improve within a specific time, your first review will be six to 18 months after you ­started getting disability benefits.
Improvement possible—if improvement in your medical condition is possible, your case will be reviewed about every three years.
Improvement not expected—if your medical condition is unlikely to improve, your case will be reviewed only about once every five to seven years.
What happens during a review?
We will send you a letter telling you that we are conducting a review. Soon after that, someone from your local Social Security office will contact you to explain the review process and your appeal rights. The Social Security representative will ask you to provide information about your medical treatment and any work that you may have done.

A team consisting of a disability examiner and a doctor will review your file and request your medical reports. You may be asked to have a special examination. We will pay for the examination and some of your transportation costs.

When a decision is made, we will send you a letter. If we decide that you still are disabled, your benefits will continue.

If we decide you no longer are disabled and you ­disagree, you can file an appeal. If you decide not to appeal the decision, your benefits will stop three months after we decide that your disability ended.

For more information, ask us for a copy of Your Right To Question The Decision To Stop Your Disability Benefits (Publication No. 05-10090).

Miss Philicia:
Queen, each individual has differing review status.  It should be mentioned in your initial award letter. 

Queen Tokelove:
After reading Dan's post that does sound familiar. I would have to go through a lot of stuff to find that award letter.

Thank you all for your replies so far.  I couldn't help noticing that none of you have been KICKED OFF.  You have your experiences and information, but not kicked off.  That's an answer in itself, I guess.   

I have a little less trouble with SSDI than some of you, it sounds like.  That's probably because my life already sucked so bad that this is just more of the same.  My situation is the kind that seems to be reviewed about every three years.  The letter I received has questions about my most recent doctor visits and any work or training I've done in the last two years.  I had to return that to them.  It doesn't say there's going to be a medical review, it says they're considering it.  I'm hoping with this thread to get a feel for how tough they are on AIDS patients, since I just can't tell. I have not worked and getting back to it would be, well, ugly.

Anyway, thanks for the quick replies.  I will be back looking for other encounters some of you have had with Social Security...

Dan J.:
Go to this link, Social Security For People Living With HIV/AIDS.


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