How to Stay on Disability

by Christell York ; Updated July 27, 2017
Disability payments are made to all ages.

The Social Security Administration provides Social Security Disability and Supplement Security Income payments to disabled individuals based on disability, age and work history. Once you have been approved to receive payments for your disability you will continue to be paid as long as you remain disabled. The Social Security Administration performs reviews of your case to verify you’re still disabled.

Step 1

Wait for Social Security to send your review notification letter in the mail. Social Security reviews cases based on the type of disability and your medical condition. If you are expected to recover from your disability, your case will be reviewed six to 18 months after you first became disabled. If your improvement is possible but not certain, your disability your case will be reviewed every three years. If you are not expected to improve, your case will be reviewed every seven years.

Step 2

Visit the Social Security office on the date listed on your notification letter and provide the requested information. You will be asked to bring your doctor(s) information including name, address and telephone number. You will also be required to submit any records on hospital stays, dates you worked and pay you received since your last visit with Social Security.

Step 3

Complete any additional requirements including medical exams to assist with the review decision. If additional medical examinations are required, they will be made at no cost to you and arranged by Social Security. Your case will be submitted to the Disability Determination Services office in your state for review and you will be notified by mail of their decision. You will continue to receive your payments during the review process.


  • If it is determined that you are no longer disabled, you can appeal the decision through the Social Security Administration.

About the Author

Christell York has been writing professionally since 2008 for various websites and offline for "The Houston Press." She specializes in technical, automotive, travel, personal finance and food articles. York has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and is currently seeking an associate degree in baking and pastries at the Art Institute of Houston.

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