What can cause me to lose my SSDI benefits?There are several ways you can lose your eligibility for SSDI benefits. These include:
- If you no longer qualify medically for SSDI, you can lose your benefits (e.g., if your condition improves).
- If you have gone back to work, you might lose your SSDI benefits. Speak with our team to determine whether you can work under a trial period or if you must work within the SSDI income limits.
- Being convicted of a crime can cause you to lose your SSDI benefits. While you are incarcerated, your SSDI benefits will stop. Even if you are not incarcerated, a felony conviction can, in some situations, cause you to lose your SSDI benefits.
What can cause me to lose my SSI benefits?There are several ways in which you can lose your eligibility for SSI benefits. Most of these are different from the way you can lose your SSDI benefits.
- If you no longer qualify medically for SSI, you can lose your benefits. SSDI and SSI use the same medical criteria to determine eligibility.
- Going back to work can cause a person to lose SSI benefits. There is no trial work period for SSI benefits.
- If you begin receiving earned or unearned income over the limit for SSI, you can lose your benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) only considers certain types of funds as income for purposes of SSI.
- The SSA will reevaluate a child who receives SSI when she turns 18. If she does not meet the adult SSI requirements, her benefits will stop.
- Being outside of the United States for more than 30 consecutive days can make your SSI benefits stop.
- Receiving free housing or free food can put you over the SSI income limit. This is because the SSA considers free food and housing as in-kind income for purposes of SSI.
- Being confined to an institution at the expense of the government can make you no longer eligible for SSI. This can include hospitals, as well as prisons, jails, detention centers, and similar correctional facilities.
- Having an outstanding arrest warrant or a felony warrant for evading arrest or escaping from custody can cause you to lose your SSI benefits.
- If your spouse or parents have income that causes you to be over the limit for SSI, you can lose your SSI benefits. The SSA will deem a parent’s income to the child who receives SSI benefits. The SSA will deem part of a spouse’s income to the person receiving SSI benefits, so getting married can cause a person to lose SSI benefits.
What happens to my SSDI benefits when I reach retirement age?You cannot receive both SSDI benefits and Social Security retirement benefits at the same time. When you reach full retirement age, your SSDI benefits will automatically convert to retirement benefits; however, the amount you receive will not change.
What happens to my SSI benefits when I reach retirement age?Your SSI benefits do not stop immediately when you reach full retirement age. This is because the SSA created SSI to provide financial assistance for people who have limited income and assets, and who are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled. However, because the limit is so low, your retirement benefits might put you over the limit.
Get help from a Raleigh Social Security disability attorney.It is easy to make a mistake that might jeopardize your disability benefits. To keep yourself from doing something that could stop your benefits prematurely, talk to a Raleigh Social Security disability attorney from Lunn & Forro, PLLC today. Call us today at 888-966-6566 to schedule your consultation.
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