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~ Silver ~

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« on: February 17, 2017, 11:41:29 AM »

  As you know, today's CDRs are based on the "Medical Improvement Standard" - meaning that benefits can't be taken away at CDR time unless one's medical improvement has improved. Prior to this standard, one used to have to undergo the same eligibility criteria as the initial application during every CDR. So the burden used to be on the beneficiary to prove that he or she was still disabled to the same extent as they were when they initially applied. I'm curious to know if there is any possibility that they will revert back to this prior standard and abolish the Medical Improvement Standard in an effort to save money by shifting the burden of proof back on to the beneficiary?
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 12:01:16 PM »

If any changes are made, they will be shared on the Board.

However, any discussion about potential changes to the medical improvement standard is purely speculation. 

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Age at Application: 26 age of onset (but I did not apply until 28)
Date Applied: August 2011
First Approval/Denial Date: November 2011
Additional Info: I was fortunate to be approved on my initial application due to extensive medical records (12+ doctors) & documentation of unsuccessful work attempts even with significant accommodations
Just Me
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 02:10:46 PM »

There has to be medical improvement based on medical and non medical evidence to the point the beneficiary can return to work. This is nothing new and it has not changed

If a beneficiary receives a long form, they have basically the same paperwork they did when they applied. This is not new.  It is up to SSA to prove there has been medical improvement to the point  the beneficiary no longer meets SSA Disability Criteria.

For SSI, benefits can also be stopped if income and/or resources exceed the limit.

No one knows what the future holds. Speculation does not benefit anyone. Speculation, anxiety, worry, etc does make health problems worse and often causes new health problems.

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Age at Application: 50
Disability: DDD, nerve damage upper & lower extremities, RA
Date Applied: First Applied Feb 2002, Denied May 2003. Applied again Oct 2003, Approved June 2004
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 07:27:55 PM »

...[is] there is any possibility that they will revert back to this prior standard and abolish the Medical Improvement Standard..."  Original post this thread.

Yes, there are two chances - slim and none.  If, big IF there is a change it will most likely grandfather all current beneficiaries or payment recipients.

 See the last sentence of Just Me's Reply # 2.
Additional Info: My Different Perspective comes from a lifetime of being near, working with and for those with disabilities, working for the Easter Seal Society, working for the Disability Determination Services (20+ years) and working as a case assistant to an attorney who, until he retired, worked on SSA disability cases exclusively and have attended approximately 185 Hearings. I have great empathy for the truly disabled and greater antipathy for those who try to game or scam the system. With my background, I quickly make distinctions between the two. I am ready to admit my error as soon as the evidence proves me wrong. Any posts I make are based on my experience, memory and current research. Anything, particularly opinions, I post should be verified by someone who has access to the entire case record and not just selected shorts offered by those seeking information, preferably by a competent attorney or non-attorney representative who thoroughly understands SSA law.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2017, 10:01:54 AM »

I would also like to add in addition to the long form,If social security sends you the short form instead this means they are not expecting any medical improvement in your case..This is the form to get instead of the long form.Most people who send in there short forms have a over 90% continued benefits...In order to receive the short form instead of the long form your doctor or doctors in the past at some point told social security that in there opinions they don't expect your disabling condition to improve.
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