For individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, understanding the circumstances that can lead to benefit termination is essential. At Disability Associates, we’re dedicated to providing clarity on this topic to ensure our clients are informed and empowered. Let’s delve into the concept of cessation of SSDI and SSI benefits and explore common scenarios that may result in benefit termination.

What is Cessation of SSDI and SSI Benefits?

Cessation refers to the termination of SSDI and SSI benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA) when an individual no longer meets the eligibility criteria for disability benefits. This decision can stem from various factors, including medical improvement, exceeding income thresholds, changes in living arrangements, incarceration, non-cooperation with the SSA, decease, and failure to report changes in circumstances.

Common Scenarios Resulting in Benefit Termination:

  1. Medical Improvement: Through a Continuing Disability Review (CDR), if the SSA determines that an individual’s medical condition has improved to the extent that they no longer meet the disability criteria, benefits may cease.
  2. Exceeding Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Threshold: Both SSDI and SSI have income and work-related thresholds. If an individual’s income surpasses the SGA threshold, their SSDI benefits may halt. Similarly, exceeding income and resource limits for SSI can lead to benefit termination.
  3. Change in Living Arrangements: For SSI beneficiaries, a change in living arrangements that affects countable income or resources may impact benefit amounts or result in termination.
  4. Incarceration: While receiving SSDI, being incarcerated for more than 30 consecutive days can lead to benefits being suspended. For SSI recipients, benefits are typically terminated during incarceration.
  5. Non-Cooperation: Failure to provide required information, attend medical examinations, or cooperate with the SSA during a review can result in benefit cessation.
  6. Decease: Benefits come to an end upon the beneficiary’s death.
  7. Failure to Report Changes: Recipients must report changes in circumstances promptly. Neglecting to do so can result in overpayments and termination of benefits.
  8. Voluntary Suspension: In certain instances, individuals may choose to voluntarily suspend their benefits, such as returning to work without risking overpayments.

Appealing Cessation:

Beneficiaries who contest a decision to terminate their SSDI or SSI benefits have the right to initiate an appeal. This involves timely filing, requesting reconsideration, submitting additional evidence, requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), preparing for the hearing, attending the hearing, pursuing further appeals if required, and potentially requesting continuation of benefits during the appeal process.


Understanding the circumstances that can lead to cessation of SSDI and SSI benefits is crucial for recipients. At Disability Associates, we’re committed to assisting our clients throughout the appeals process and ensuring they receive the support they need. If you’re facing benefit termination or considering an appeal, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced team for guidance and representation. We’re here to advocate for your rights and help you navigate this challenging process effectively.

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