Although the process can take some time, once someone is approved for Social Security disability, chances are they’re going to receive benefit checks for the foreseeable future. That being said, there are situations that can result in SSD benefits being stopped. Whether you already receive benefits or are in the process of applying for them, it’s worth learning about what can cause benefits to be stopped.
It’s important to note that even though they’re operated by the same agency, the rules for why SSD benefits may be stopped are different from the reasons SSI benefits can be terminated. One area where they share the same rules is for ending benefits as a result of a medical improvement.
“Why Did I Stop Receiving SSD and SSI Benefits?”
The reason there are different rules for SSD and SSI is because the programs have different eligibility criteria. Social Security Disability Insurance requires having worked enough and paid enough in Social Security taxes, while Supplemental Security Income is based on need and doesn’t have work or tax-payment requirements.
As previously mentioned, the one reason both payments can be stopped is if the condition that previously made someone disabled improves to the point that they are no longer considered disabled. Depending on the specific case, the Social Security Administration will conduct a review every 3 or 7 years to determine if the individual receiving benefits is still disabled.
3 Reasons SSD Benefits May Stop
In addition to medical improvement, there are three other reasons SSD benefits may be cut off. The first is if someone returns to work and exceeds the trial work period (TWP) threshold. Currently, that threshold is at $750 a month. It’s worth noting that benefits won’t be instantly cut off upon someone returning to work. Instead, it occurs after they work above the TWP threshold for a total of at least nine months.
The second reason is if an individual reaches retirement age. When that happens, their disability benefits will end and their Social Security retirement benefits will begin.
Another reason benefits may be terminated is if an individual is incarcerated. While benefits may just temporarily stop for the time someone is behind bars, if a person is convicted of certain felonies, it can result in their SSD being completely cut off.
5 Reasons SSI Benefits Can Stop
An increase in income, receiving free shelter or food, gaining spousal income, taking in parental income or experiencing an increase in assets are all reasons SSI benefits may be stopped. In 2013, the monthly federa;l maximum benefit amount for SSI is $710, while the asset limit is $2,000.
Whether you believe your benefits were unjustly stopped or you’re having another issue with the Social Security Administration, get in touch with our firm today to find out how Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer, Lisa M. Ritacco, can help you!