Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provided essential support when you couldn't work due to a severe medical condition. You tried to go back to work after receiving benefits. Unfortunately, you were unable to continue working because of your medical condition. Now, you may be worried about whether you can get your Social Security disability benefits reinstated.

Expedited Reinstatement May Be an Option for You

Expedited Reinstatement is a program that allows SSDI beneficiaries whose benefits have been terminated due to work to quickly have their benefits reinstated if they can no longer continue working due to their disability. This program can be a lifeline for those who want to try returning to work but may be hesitant to do so for fear of losing their benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Red Book states, "If your cash payments ended because of your work and earnings, and you stop work within 5 years of when your benefits ended, you may be able to have your benefits started again right away through a request for EXR." ((Social Security Administration, The Red Book 2023).                          

Expedited Reinstatement Eligibility

To be eligible for Expedited Reinstatement, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your SSDI benefits must have been terminated because you went back to work.
  • You must have stopped working due to your disability within five years of the termination of your benefits.
  • You must be unable to perform substantial gainful activity due to your disability.
  • You must submit your request for Expedited Reinstatement within five years of the termination of your benefits.

To begin the process of requesting Expedited Reinstatement, you will need to contact your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. You can also request assistance from an experienced Social Security case manager.

What Happens After You Request Expedited Reinstatement

Once you have requested Expedited Reinstatement, the SSA will review your request and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you do, your benefits will be reinstated, and you will begin receiving payments as soon as possible.

It's worth noting that if you receive Expedited Reinstatement, your benefits will only continue for a limited time. Specifically, you will receive provisional benefits for up to six months while the SSA conducts a medical review to determine your eligibility for ongoing benefits.

In conclusion, if you are a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiary whose benefits have been terminated due to work and you find that you are unable to continue working due to your disability, Expedited Reinstatement can be a valuable resource to have. A fast reinstatement of your Social Security disability benefits can help provide financial stability during a difficult time.

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