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merrygirl
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Hi. I have been on ssdi I think this will be my 2nd or thrid year on it. When you get it, they tell you when you will likeley get reviewed. They list your case like this:

Likely to improve
will improve
may improve
will not imporve
terminal

something like that. each one comes with how many years it takes to review your case. I think i was under may improve, and that ment they would review in 4 years i think.

my questions are what happens when you come up for review? do they notify you? Do they pull most people off ssdi? Do they keep most people on?

I am already worried that it will be taken away from me.

I am not better, infact I have more diagnosis and problems and limitations than I had when i was approved.

so any experience with this?

My dad is on ssdi and he said he has never been reviewed and its been a long time.

thanks for your help

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ConnieMc
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They send out either long or short forms, and what you get is really by random selection. As long as the computer sees what it expects when it gets the returned form, you will be OK. It is CRITICAL to find out under what ruling, listing, etc you were awarded benefits. An award letter does not necessarily tell you this and you may need to request your entire claim file from SSA.

Reviews tend to run behind ... however, I read that OBama was putting extra money into the SSA budget for reviews - to get people who no longer need benefits off the rolls. Those with impairments where improvements can be expected will be high on the list I am sure. As will younger (under age 50) claimants.

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I can't speak for myself, but my daughter was put on it in the fall of 2005, going back to the spring. She didn't have to do anything - they automatically renewed it! She is in remission right now, periodically she has to go back on meds for a few months. She goes to school full time and is raising (with her husband) an 8 year old. She is changing career tracks at 34 years old.

I don't consider her disabled anymore, but apparently the powers that be do BECAUSE there are days when she Can't do anything still once in a while.

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Hey Merry,

My review was set for every 7 years. It took them longer to get to me...maybe 8-9 years. Anyway, they sent me a form and I was to provide medical documentation.

I didn't have a whole lot so they called me in for a review. I had an interview and it was determined that I was still disabled.

the interviewer told me on the spot what his decision was....

I think that once you are on and have sufficient documentation of ongoing , consistent medical care and no improvement...it's pretty hard to take away the benefits.

Just my experience,
Feelfit

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My review consisted of a short form that I answered questions about my health in that 3 yr period.

They took my answers and granted continued disability. In that time period I had actually took a temp job working 12-15 hrs a week in my hair salon as a receptionist. Oh my, that was a huge set back for me.

SS did not contact my doctor for further info.

The last three years I attempted to go to evening adult education classes. I wanted to try medical transcription. I had not had brain fog for a long period and really thought I could do something medical related and at home work. It sent me into a tail spin. I never got past the first chapter of the book. My first night in class I went deep into the brain fog stage.

I've been hoping for the last year that once again I could try something part time. Then I am reminded why I mustn't attempt anything yet.

Sometimes I forget the PATIENCE my dear patience, that I like to preach to others.

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merrygirl
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thanks everyone,


I hope i dont run into probs when that time comes. I think i still have 2 years...

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It's very easy. Short form for the doctor to fill out. You do almost nothing.

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