How Social Security Decides If You STILL Have A Qualifying Disability

By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

By law, from time to time, Social Security must review the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability.  Generally, if a person’s health has not improved, or if their disability still keeps them from working, they will continue to receive their benefits.

These continuing disability reviews help us ensure that only eligible people receive disability benefits. It supports the integrity of the Social Security system while delivering fair services to wounded warriors, chronically ill children and adults, and other people with disabilities.

To help us make our decision, Social Security first gathers new information about an individual’s medical condition. We will ask their doctors, hospitals, and other medical sources for their medical records. We will ask them how their medical condition limits their activities, what their medical tests show, and what medical treatments they have been given. If we need more information, we will ask them to get a special examination or test, for which we will pay.

If we decide their disability benefits will stop, and they disagree, they can appeal our decision. That means they can ask us to look at their case again. When they get a letter telling them about our decision, the letter will tell them how to appeal the decision.

You can read more about how we decide if you still have a qualifying disability at

People can check the status of their disability application with a personal my Social Security account at This secure account gives people access to many tools that can save them time.

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