What is a CDR and how may it affect my SSD benefits?

The Social Security Administration conducts periodic reviews of impairments to determine eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance. The SSA.gov website notes that benefits may stop when you no longer have a disability.

After receiving an award notice for benefits, the SSA informs you when you may expect a continuing disability review. The Social Security Administration generally reviews each SSD recipient’s impairment at least once during every three-year period. With a lifelong disability, the SSA may perform a CDR at least once in a five- and seven-year period.

How may a review determine if I am eligible for SSD?

The AARP reports that eligibility for SSD requires having a disability that prevents you from working for a minimum of one year. During a CDR, a disability examiner from the SSA typically asks about your condition to see if you had any improvement.

The examiner may ask you to show records of treatments or prescriptions. You may need to provide information about the doctor or medical group treating you. The SSA could also pay for you to take a medical exam or test procedure to confirm your eligibility.

How may a review find I am no longer eligible for SSD?

After a CDR, you should receive notice that you remain eligible for SSD or that your benefits may stop in two months. If the examiner finds your condition has improved and you could return to your former work, you may no longer qualify for SSD.

The examiner may also find you ineligible for benefits if you skipped a medical treatment that could have improved your condition. Failing to cooperate or providing false information may also disqualify SSD recipients.

A CDR may determine your condition has improved enough for you to return to work. You may, however, appeal the decision.