May 10, 2013

Return To Benefits After Disability Termination

     From a study published in the Social Security Buletin:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) periodically reviews the disabilities of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries to determine if their impairments still meet the requirements for program eligibility. For individuals whose eligibility was ceased after a full medical review from 2003 to 2008, we track subsequent program participation for up to 8 years. We use survival analyses to estimate the time until first return to SSI and DI and explore the differences in returns by various personal and programmatic characteristics such as age, disability type, time on program, and SSA expectations regarding medical improvement. Overall, we estimate that about 30 percent of SSI-only recipients whose eligibility ceases because of medical improvement return to the SSI program within 8 years. For DI-only worker beneficiaries whose eligibility ceases, we estimate that 20 percent will return to the DI program within 8 years.
     The study's authors note that SSA has been able to do relatively few full continuing disability reviews (CDRs) and has targeted those most likely to have substantial medical improvement. If more CDRs were done, the additional people terminated would be even more likely to return to disability benefits.


Anonymous said...

of course they're going to return. They've been out of the workforce and lack the experience sought by most employers. Not to mention, the current economy makes finding a job more difficult.

However, none of those things actually mean that they are disabled.

Anonymous said...

IF Congress and SSA were serious, each ceased BFY would be directed back to their [federally funded] Vocational Rehab Agency.
(1.) if they did not report to the Voc Rehab Agency, this would be recorded in their file and part of any future application record.
(2.) If they cooperated, a plan to help them return to gainful work would be developed, placed in their file and part of any future application. Even if Voc Rehab decided not to pay for any proposed rehab services (i.e., for a 55+ year old worker), there would still be a written plan and opinion of what was consider for their return to productive work.