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Understanding the CDR process

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2024 | Social Security Disability |

If you receive Social Security Disability benefits, you will complete a Continuing Disability Review at some point. A CDR is a routine evaluation conducted by the Social Security Administration to ensure that you still qualify for disability benefits.

Understanding what you can expect from a CDR will help you prepare for the process.

The purpose of a CDR

The SSA conducts CDRs to verify that individuals receiving disability benefits still meet the eligibility criteria. The frequency of your CDR depends on the nature and severity of your disability, ranging from every three to seven years.

The process of a CDR

When it is time for your CDR, you will receive a notice from the SSA. The notice will include a questionnaire about your current medical condition, treatments and daily activities. Complete this questionnaire accurately and promptly, as your answers will help determine your ongoing eligibility for benefits.

The SSA may request updated medical records from your healthcare providers. This information helps them assess whether your condition has improved, worsened or remained the same. Inform the SSA of any changes in your treatment or medical condition since your last disability determination.

The outcome of a CDR

There are three potential outcomes from your CDR. If your condition shows no improvement and you still meet the disability criteria, you retain your benefits. If your condition improved moderately, but not enough to affect your eligibility, you will also keep your benefits. However, if your condition improves enough to make you ineligible, your benefits will cease.

The more you understand about the CDR process, the easier it is to gather the necessary evidence to support your case. Advocate for your condition to improve your chances of retaining benefits.