Section 111 of P.L. 106-170, The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act
of 1999, added this provision to section 221(m) of the Social Security Act (effective
January 1, 2002),
The work incentive, “Protection from Medical Review Based on Work Activity” provides:
Long-term Title II disability beneficiaries the option to return to work by ensuring
work activity alone will not trigger a medical Continuing Disability Review (CDR).
Beneficiaries who are entitled to Title II, or concurrently entitled to both Title
II and Title XVI benefits for at least 24 months will not have a medical CDR triggered
solely as a result of his or her work activity.
NOTE: If a beneficiary qualifies for protection from medical review based on work activity,
he or she will still undergo regularly scheduled medical CDRs, and to any other medical
CDRs that are initiated for a reason(s) other than the beneficiary’s work activity,
unless the individual is “using a ticket” under the Ticket to Work program.
DI 13001.005- Events Which May Initiate a CDR
DI 55025.001- Ticket to Work