Getting Past the Myths

Myth 4: If I Work, I'll Lose Disability Status

A friend of mine started working and then Social Security decided she didn’t have a disability anymore, so they cut her off completely. I don’t want that to happen to me.

You may have heard that if you are working, Social Security will assume you do not have a disability anymore and then you will not be eligible for any of their programs. This is not true. Although Social Security may do a medical review of your case, they will not automatically stop your benefits just because you are working. They have to go through a process called the Continuing Disability Review (CDR) before they can stop your benefits. During the CDR, they will gather your medical records and ask you (and sometimes your family or friends) to offer information about how your disability or health condition continues to affect your life.

Social Security may also require that you go to an appointment with a doctor who has a contract with Social Security. If they decide your condition no longer meets their definition of disability, they must notify you of that decision. If you disagree with their decision, you can file an appeal.

However, if you are using the Ticket to Work program, and you are meeting your goals and timelines, Social Security will not do a medical CDR while your Ticket is still valid. For more information on the Ticket to Work program, click here.

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