Understanding Social Security’s Continuing Disability Reviews

by Casaundra Johnson | Apr 02, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Individuals who have applied for Social Security disability benefits know how difficult it is to get approved for benefits.  However, most disabled beneficiaries are surprised to learn that even after they have been approved for benefits, Social Security will continue evaluating their cases through a “continuing disability review.” During a continuing disability review, Social Security will reevaluate your case to determine whether your medical conditions are still disabling.  Social Security will also review your income, resources, and living arrangements to ensure you still meet the non-medical requirements for disability benefits.  

There are two types of continuing disability reviews: full medical reviews and mailers.  Individuals with a lower likelihood of medical improvement are sent a questionnaire (mailer) to the beneficiary in order to obtain additional information and assess whether a full medical review is appropriate.  If a full medical review is indicated, the beneficiary will be scheduled for a new medical evaluation and disability determination. If the medical evaluation shows medical improvement and Social Security determines you are no longer disabled, your benefits will be terminated.  If this happens, you will have the opportunity to file an appeal. 

Every disabled person’s case will be reviewed periodically. However, how often your case will be reviewed depends on your medical condition and expected medical improvement.  Social Security currently has three categories for continuing disability reviews: 

  1. Medical Improvement Expected (MIE): this category is used for people with medical conditions where improvement is probable.  Individuals in this category receive disability evaluations every 6 to 18 months. 
  2. Medical Improvement Possible (MIP): this disability review category is used for people with conditions where recovery or improvement is possible, but not guaranteed. Individuals in this category receive evaluations every 3 years. 
  3. Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE): this category is reserved for individuals with the most severe disabilities.  Individuals in this category are evaluated every 7 years. 

Continuing disability reviews are inevitable.  As such, it is important that you respond to any questionnaires (mailers) you receive from Social Security and continue seeking medical treatment, even after your disability application is approved. If you have any questions, please contact Veteran’s law specialist Casaundra Johnson at The Bainbridge Firm

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