Social Security Disability Conditions
Digestive System Disorders
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD)
is a payroll-funded program to supplement the income of those unable to work due to disability.
General Qualifications for SSD Eligibility
For you to be eligible for SSD, your disability must last for at least a year or be terminal. You must also be under age 65 to be eligible, as 65 is normally the age of Medicare eligibility.
To be eligible for SSD, you must have accumulated a prescribed number of Social Security credits (normally accumulated through work experience and payment into Social Security) during the 10 years immediately preceding disability. Requirements vary according to age, and if you suffer disability before age 23 you may be able to draw on your parents’ Social Security credits without affecting your parents’ eligibility for SSD.
Digestive System Disorders and SSD
Disorders of the digestive system include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, liver dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, and malnutrition. Digestive system disorders may lead to obstructions or other complications, and may be accompanied by symptoms in other systems of the body.
Because serious digestive system disorders can affect your ability to work, the Social Security Administration recognizes these disorders as qualifying conditions for SSD.
If you meet the general qualifications for SSD eligibility and a disorder of your digestive system makes it impossible for you to engage in substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for SSD benefits based on your disability.
To be evaluated for disability, you will need to submit your medical history, a physical examination report, x-ray or other acceptable imaging, and clinical and laboratory results. You will also need to submit endoscopy, surgery, and pathology reports as required for evaluation of your specific digestive disorder.
Your history of treatments and response to treatments will also be evaluated. If you haven’t received ongoing treatment for your impairment, evaluation of your condition will be based on current medical and other evidence. If you are receiving no treatment and cannot meet the criteria for disability based on a digestive system disorder, you may still qualify for SSD if you have another impairment which, in combination with your digestive order, medically equals the severity of a digestive order listed here.
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