Cessation of Disability Benefits

A cessation of disability benefits occurs when the SSA decides to stop your Social Security Disability benefits. There are a number of factors that could result in a cessation of disability benefits. These include:

A Determination That You Are No Longer Disabled

If the SSA determines that your condition has improved and that you no longer meet the disability criteria, they can stop your Social Security Disability benefits. This may occur as the result of a continuing eligibility review or because you have participated in the Ticket to Work program and are no longer eligible to receive disability benefits due to your income.

Reaching Retirement Age

When you reach retirement age you will no longer receive Social Security Disability benefits. The benefits you are receiving will be rolled over into retirement benefits. You will still be receiving monthly benefits from the SSA, but they will no longer be considered disability benefits.

Becoming Incarcerated

If you become incarcerated or institutionalized for a period of more than 30 days your Social Security Disability benefits may be stopped. If this happens, your benefits will only stop for the amount of time that you are incarcerated. In some cases, however, a felony conviction will result in a permanent cessation of Social Security Disability benefits.

Exceeding Income and Asset Requirements

If you receive SSI and go over the income and asset requirements that are set forth by the program, you will no longer be eligible for SSI benefits and your benefits will cease.

Turning Age 18

If you are a minor who is receiving SSI benefits, those benefits may stop when you reach 18 years of age. Your benefits will not automatically stop, but you will have to go through a process to determine whether or not you are entitled to continue receiving benefits.

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