623.When does disability end?

If you are an adult, your disability ends when:

  1. There has been medical improvement in your impairment(s) relating to your ability to work; and

  2. The impairment does not meet or equal a current listing in the Listing of Impairments; and

  3. You are not currently disabled; or

  4. One of the following conditions exists:

    1. One of certain exceptions to medical improvement applies and your impairment(s) considered together with your age, education, and work experience (see 609) does not prevent you from doing substantial gainful activity (see 603);

    2. Subject to the trial-work period provisions (see 520-521), you demonstrate the ability to do substantial gainful activity by working (see 603) (See 617 for exceptions.);

      NOTE: In SSI cases, disability does not end on this basis.

    3. You do not cooperate with us (e.g., you refuse to give us needed medical or other evidence);

    4. We cannot locate you (e.g., a question of whether you are still disabled needs to be resolved); or

    5. You fail to follow prescribed treatment that could restore your ability to do substantial gainful activity.

If you are a child under age 18, the process for determining when your disability ends is similar to the process we use in adult cases, but there are some important differences. In general, we will find that you are no longer disabled if we determine that:

Last Revised: Sep. 3, 2009