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SSDI: Your Obligations While Receiving


You are obligated to notify Social Security promptly if:

  • Your condition improves so that you would be able to return to work
  • You return to work as an employee or self-employed person
  • You increase the amount of your work
  • Your earnings increase
  • You change your address (in which case you should also notify your local post office to assure prompt delivery of checks)
  • You close an account in a financial institution to which SOCIAL SECURITY checks are deposited directly
  • You apply for or receive a decision on benefits under any workers' compensation law or plan (including black lung benefits from the dept. of labor), or other public benefit based on disability;
  • You are imprisoned for conviction of a felony

If a state vocational rehabilitation agency contacts you, and offers you any services, you must accept the services to keep receiving disability benefits. This is true unless Social Security decides you have a good reason for not accepting. A state vocational agency provides counseling, training and other services with the objective of helping people on disability return to work.

"Full Retirement Age": If you're still on disability when you reach Full Retirement Age for purposes of Social Security, your disability benefits automatically become retirement benefits. Rules relating to retirement benefits take over, including your right to Medicare. For example, there are no more reviews to determine if you are still disabled, and reporting requirements about work change.

To learn more, see Full Retirement Age and Social Security Retirement.

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