Proposed regulations could terminate more benefits

The government  is proposing changes to Social Security regulations that could terminate disability payments to hundreds of thousands of Americans, particularly older people and children.

The new rule would change frequency and triggers for disability reviews.  These Condtinuing Disability Reviews let the Social Security Administration determine whether a person continues to qualify for benefits. Few recipients are aware of the proposal, which is open for public comment through January.  The proposal would add a new category for reviews.

The proposed rule change would create a new category called “Medical Improvement Likely,” which would mandate disability reviews every two years, creating an additional 2.6 million reviews over the first 10-year period.

An estimated 4.4 million beneficiaries would be included in that designation, many of them children and others for whom frequent compliance with reviews would be a new burden.

Comments are due by January 17, 2020.