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Navigating SSDI reviews in Missouri

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | Social Security Disability

Navigating Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) reviews can seem daunting. Understanding the review process will help you know what to expect during SSDI reviews.

What triggers an SSDI review?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) periodically reviews cases to ensure that beneficiaries still qualify for disability benefits. These reviews are called Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs). The frequency of these reviews depends on the expected medical improvement of your condition.

If the SSA expects medical improvement (MIE), reviews occur every 6-18 months. If medical improvement is possible (MIP), reviews occur every 3 years. For cases where medical improvement is not expected (MINE), reviews occur every 7 years.

The review process

  1. Notification: You receive a notice by mail informing you of the upcoming review. This notice includes details about the type of review and any documents you need to provide.
  2. Questionnaire: The SSA sends you a questionnaire. This includes questions about your medical condition and treatments. It also asks how your condition affects your daily activities.
  3. Medical evidence: You may need to provide updated medical records. The SSA may also request additional information directly from your doctors.
  4. Review decision: The SSA evaluates your medical information and makes a determination. If your condition has not improved significantly, you continue to receive benefits. If improvement is noted, your benefits may reduce or stop.

Tips for a smooth review

Preparing for a disability benefit review involves taking proactive steps. Stay organized and keep all medical records and documentation of treatments up to date and easily accessible. Ensure you maintain regular appointments with your healthcare providers to document the ongoing status of your condition. Keep detailed notes on how your condition impacts your daily life, including any limitations or challenges you face.

Navigating the SSDI review process with confidence

SSDI reviews form a routine part of receiving disability benefits, ensuring that only eligible individuals continue to receive support. Understanding the review process can better ensure that you know what steps to follow, so you can continue to get your benefits for as long as you need them.