Once you are determined to be disabled by SSA or a hearing judge, a few things can terminate your benefits.
First, you may age out of the program! Once you reach full retirement age (65-67, depending on your birthdate) you will be automatically converted to retirement benefits.
Second, SSA may terminate your benefits if they find your conditions have significantly improved. This is usually done through a CDR (Continuing Disability Review). These are scheduled to be done every 5-7 years, on average. SSA will contact you for updated medical treatment records and information about your current functioning. If this information shows your conditions have seriously improved, your benefits will likely end.
Third, you may return to work. This may happen because you HAVE improved and are feeling better (excellent news!) or, even if you continue to struggle with your conditions, you have found a job that earns more than the monthly wage allowance ($1470/month gross in 2023).
Finally, if SSA finds you have committed fraud in any part of your disability case, they will halt your benefits after an investigation.
We at Midwest Disability can offer sound advice on when or how your benefits may be affected or at risk. Our attorneys are here to help!