Possibly. Each Social Security Disability Case is different. Once your case is approved, it is classified into three different categories.
Medical Improvement Expected (MIE)
Medical Improvement Expected (MIE) is the first category. If your case happens to fall into this category, you will receive an eligibility review within 6 to 18 months of the approval date. The SSA will decide whether or not you should continue to receive these benefits.
Medical Improvement Possible (MIP)
Medical Improvement Possible (MIP) is the next category. The SSA has put you in this category because they believe it is possible that your condition will improve, although it is unlikely. In this case, your review will occur every 2 to 5 years. If the SSA finds that you have improved (at the time of your review) and are able to go back to work, then your benefits will be discontinued. Your reviews will continue to take place every 2 to 5 years and the benefits will continue if your condition has not gotten better and you still can’t return to work then.
Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE)
Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE) is the last category. The SSA believes your condition will never improve if you are placed into this category. These reviews will happen every 5 to 7 years. You will continue to receive Social Security Disability benefits in the event that your condition does not improve. These benefits will last until you reach the age of retirement. At this point, the benefits will transform to Social Security Retirement benefits.
You are able to appeal the SSA’s decision if they decide that you are eligible to return to work. While the appeal process occurs, you will still be able to receive the benefits. The downside is that if your appeal is denied, you may have to pay back the money they were offering while you were going through the appeal process.
Keches Law Group has helped thousands of individuals receive disability benefits. As a practical matter, the vast majority of these individuals, if over the age of 50, have never been reviewed for medical improvement. Your case is more likely to be reviewed if you are under 50 years old.