SSDI reinstatement for cancerRecently on our legal forum a user asked, I used to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for cancer. I recovered and my cancer went into remission. Now its back and I dont think I can continue to work while I fight it. I was wondering whether or not I might qualify for an expedited SSDI reinstatement or do I have to go through the whole process of applying again and waiting months to receive my benefits? Reinstating SSDI benefits after returning to work The Social Security Administration has always encouraged disabled workers who are receiving SSDI benefits to attempt to return to work if they are able. One of the most challenging impediments, however, was encouraging workers to return to work without any provisions to allow them to easily restart their benefits if they found they were unable to work. With that in mind, the Public Law 106-170, the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, added sections 223(i) and 1631 (p) which allowed certain previously entitled individuals to request expedited reinstatement (EXR) of their disability benefits or payments under title II and Title XVI when their medical condition no longer permitted them to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). Not everyone, however, qualifies for SSDI reinstatement. To qualify you must meet the following requirements:
- You cannot be performing substantial gainful activity in the month you apply for the expedited reinstatement
- You must not be able to perform SGA due to a medical condition
- You must have stopped performing SGA within 60 months of your prior termination
- Your medical condition must be the same or related to the same condition in which you originally received benefits
- You stopped receiving benefits because of your work earnings
Steps to initiate an expedited SSDI reinstatementIf you have reviewed the requirements for an expedited reinstatement and believe you qualify you can do the following:
- Contact the Social Security Administration either by phone or in person at the nearest SSA field office.
- Make an appointment to discuss your situation with an SSA representative.
- Fill out some paperwork.
- Speak briefly with an SSA administrator.