If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) has been approved – congratulations! You have completed the long and arduous process of filing your claim. Now that the hardest part is over, what do you need to know? Learn how to manage your benefits and handle the next steps in the process.

Collecting Benefits
After your case has been approved, you can expect your benefits to start coming within six months after approval. Monthly benefits are paid at the start of the following month. For example, you will receive February’s benefits in March.

Medical Coverage
Because those with SSD do not work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides all qualified applicants with medical coverage after they have received benefits for two years. Two forms of insurance are available, Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical insurance (Part B). Hospital insurance is offered for free, and medical insurance is optional with a monthly premium.

If you have any questions regarding your medical coverage under SSD, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Depending on your condition, your SSD will be reviewed periodically by the SSA in order to keep or adjust benefits. When your claim is awarded, your representative will set a date confirming your SSD review. How often depends on how your claim is labeled. As of February 2020, there are three labels to every SSD case:

  • Medical Improvement Possible
    This label is awarded to cases where there is a possibility for medical improvement. In these circumstances, a review occurs once every three years.
  • Medical Improvement Expected
    Like its name, Medical Improvement Expected is awarded when it is very likely the person in question will improve. This often occurs for applicants under 55 recovering from surgery or going through chemotherapy. In these cases, a review may occur around six to eighteen months.
  • Medical Improvement Not Expected
    Even when a condition is not expected to improve, your SSD case will still have to be reviewed. When medical improvement is not expected, the case will only be reviewed every seven years.

Stay in Touch with Your Lawyer
It might not be necessary to visit your lawyer as frequently as you did while filing for your claim, but there are certain moments where you may want to check in. Any changes in your medical condition and employment status may affect your benefits. Talk to your social security lawyer about any updates in your condition so you can rest assured your benefits are taken care of. 

Additionally, it’s a good idea to talk to your lawyer when your case is up for renewal. Your lawyer can help you keep track of the necessary paperwork and answer any of your questions about the process.

For any social security need, it’s important to consult a lawyer before making a decision. Learn more about Ladas & Hoopes and schedule a free consultation to discuss social security disability, supplemental security income, or any of our other services.