It is important to visit your doctor regularly while you are waiting to hear back from the Social Security Administration (SSA) with a decision on your disability benefits claim. Not only does the SSA review your medical records to determine the severity of your disability, but they look at the frequency in which you visit a doctor for treatment as well.
Generally, you are not eligible to receive disability benefits if you have not seen a doctor at least once every two months. Inconsistent medical care also makes it less likely that you will get a medical source statement from your doctor as well, which can make it harder to show how your disability affects your day-to-day life.
If you lose your health insurance before you are approved for disability benefits, try to keep your medical records updated by going to local free clinics, county health departments or emergency rooms. While these treatment sources aren’t always the best, they are better than going without medical care.
If you aren’t seeing a doctor for your condition on a consistent basis, the SSA may not think it is severe enough to interfere with your ability to work, and may deny your claim for disability benefits on that basis. So, make and keep appointments with your doctor regularly — not only for the sake of your disability benefits claim, but for your health as well.