Disability benefits in Indiana don’t automatically go on indefinitely. In fact, your disability benefits might end if the government decides that you don’t qualify anymore. Periodically, the Social Security office will review your situation to see if you still need benefits.
Why would the government end your benefits?
Some people need Social Security Disability benefits for a while but eventually recover and go back to work. You might still qualify for SSD if you don’t make a lot of money. However, the government could end your payments if make $1,310 or more each month. If you’re blind, you can make up to $2,190 a month. Once you pass this limit, the government may assume that you can make enough money to support yourself and don’t need SSD benefits.
Once you qualify for SSD, the government will periodically review your status to see if anything changes. If it’s unlikely that you will fully recover, they might review your case once every seven years. If you might recover, they’ll review your case every three years. Finally, if you have a high chance of recovery, the government may review your case every six months.
The government may continue your SSD payments if your situation hasn’t changed significantly or gotten worse since the last review. However, if you seem to be getting better, the government might rule that you can hold down a job. At this point, they’ll stop your SSD payments, leaving you to re-enter the workforce.
Do you have to report changes in your condition?
While the government conducts periodic reviews, they’ll also expect you to report any significant changes in your condition. The government also expects you to let them know if you go back to work. An attorney could offer more information on what you need to do to keep getting SSD benefits.