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Frequency Of Reviews


All people receiving disability benefits must have their medical conditions reviewed from time to time. Your benefits will continue unless there is strong proof that your condition has improved medically and that you are able to return to work.

When you are first determined to be disabled, the Disability Evaluation Analyst will set a date, called "the diary date," to review your medical condition. Your award notice tells you when you can expect your first review.

This date can be anywhere from six months to seven years after the initial determination.

Some conditions carry a mandatory period. For example, all liver transplants must be reviewed after one year.

How often your medical condition is reviewed depends on how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve. The minimum is six months. The maximum is seven years.

  • Medical improvement expected: If your condition is expected to improve within a specific time, your first review will be six to eighteen months after you started getting disability benefits.
  • Improvement possible: If improvement in your medical condition is possible, your case will be reviewed about every three years.
  • Improvement not expected: If your medical condition is unlikely to improve, your case will be reviewed only about once every five to seven years.

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