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Do you have to apply for SSDI every year to keep getting benefits?

Many people are thinking about applying for SSDI benefits or already get them. One common concern is whether they need to reapply for benefits every year to continue receiving support.

In a nutshell, beneficiaries do not need to reapply each year. Recipients typically continue to receive SSDI benefits as they remain disabled and unable to work. There is a bit more to the story, though.

Continuing Disability Review (CDR)

The Social Security Administration does conduct periodic reviews to ensure beneficiaries still qualify for SSDI benefits. These reviews are Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs). They assess whether individuals continue to meet the medical and nonmedical eligibility requirements for SSDI.

Frequency of CDRs

The frequency of CDRs can vary depending on factors such as the severity and expected duration of the individual’s medical condition. In some cases, reviews may occur every few years, while others may undergo reviews less frequently. The SSA uses medical evidence and other information to determine whether a beneficiary’s condition has improved to the extent that they no longer qualify for benefits.

Documentation and reporting

During a CDR, beneficiaries may need to provide updated medical records and information about their condition and any work activity. Recipients should promptly respond to any requests for information from the SSA to avoid interruption or termination of benefits.

Appeals process

If the SSA determines that a beneficiary no longer meets the eligibility criteria for SSDI benefits, they have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process allows individuals to present additional evidence or argue why they believe they should continue to receive benefits.

Staying informed about renewal requirements and promptly responding to SSA inquiries can help ensure uninterrupted SSDI benefits.