Missourians who were receiving benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income and had those benefits stopped might be eligible for expedited reinstatement. This is only applicable in certain cases, but it is important for those whose benefits have stopped to understand how to get them back in an expedited manner. It is possible to ask the Social Security Administration to restart the benefits without needing to start from scratch with the application. As the SSA decides on whether the benefits can restart, there can be temporary (provisional) benefits provided for as long as six months.

People who had been getting SSDI or SSI can be eligible for expedited reinstatement if: they stopped getting benefits because of earnings from work; they cannot work or perform substantial gainful activity; they are disabled due to an impairment that is the same or linked to the impairment or impairments that resulted in approval for SSD or SSI before; and they make the request within five years of the month in which the benefits stopped.

Provisional benefits are benefits that are paid while the person is requesting expedited reinstatement. This includes cash and coverage through Medicare or Medicaid. In general, this will not need to be repaid if the SSA denies the request for expedited reinstatement. These are paid for as long as six months but can end sooner if the applicant: is told of the decision for expedited reinstatement; takes part in substantial gainful activity; or reaches the age of full retirement.

Expedited reinstatement and the provisional benefits can be essential to people whose benefits stopped for any reason. When seeking expedited reinstatement, it is a smart decision to have help from an attorney experienced in all aspects of Social Security disability claims.

Source: SSA.gov, “Expedited Reinstatement (EXR),” accessed on Feb. 6, 2018