When a person is approved for Social Security Disability benefits they often wonder if and when those benefits will expire. The fact of the matter is that there is no cut and dry answer to this question. Some people will only receive disability benefits for about a year while others may receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income until they reach retirement age, at which point those benefits will convert over to Social Security Retirement payments.
When an individual is approved for Social Security Disability benefits that individual must undergo continuing eligibility reviews. These reviews determine whether or not a person is still disabled and whether or not they are entitled to continue receiving their Social Security Disability benefits. The frequency of these reviews depends upon whether or not the Social Security Administration expects there to be an improvement of your disabling condition. Reviews can occur anywhere from every 6 to 18 months to every 5 to 7 years depending on the severity of your condition.
If, at some point in time, the SSA determines that your condition has improved and that your benefits will stop, you have a right to appeal the decision. This appeal is made by using SSA Form 789. While you are appealing the SSA’s decision to cease your benefits, you will continue to receive your Social Security Disability payments. However, your appeal is denied this may result in an overpayment and you may be required to pay the money that you received during the appeal back to the Social Security Administration.