As a New York resident who currently receives Social Security Disability benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration, you probably value those benefits immensely and depend on them to support yourself. There are, however, certain circumstances and situations that can arise that can impact your disability benefits eligibility, and recognizing what these circumstances and situations are can help you steer clear of them.

According to the Motley Fool, one way you can relinquish eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance is to return to work. Because these benefits seek to help severely disabled individuals, exclusively, returning to work and making a living on your own can make you ineligible to receive them moving forward. You may, however, be able to return to work on a trial basis for a set period while still utilizing SSDI benefits.

Another way you can lose the ability to obtain SSDI benefits is by reaching the age of retirement. In most cases, you will not be able to get SSDI and retirement benefits simultaneously, so once you hit retirement age, you will typically receive assistance through retirement benefits, rather than SSDI benefits.

A third factor that can impact your ability to receive SSDI benefits is having your condition improve. Again, because SSDI benefits are available only to the nation’s most seriously disabled, having your condition improve can make it no longer fit the administration’s strict definition of “disability,” at which point you will become ineligible for these benefits moving forward.

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