Will Social Security make it harder to get disability for diabetes? For adults, probably so.

Social Security is planning to make major changes to the endocrine listings. You can learn more about it at my website.

The current rules must be extended by July of 2010 or they will no longer be effective. As such, these planned changes will probably replace the old rules in July of 2010.

GOOD LISTING CHANGES

Children under age 6 who have diabetes and require daily insulin should be automatically found disabled (for SSI benefits only). Why? Social Security recognizes that children at this age, or younger do not have the ability to recognize and respond to hypoglycemic symptoms. Since they need 24-hour-a-day supervision to monitor insulin, food intake, and physical activity Social Security will find that these children are disabled.

BAD LISTING CHANGES

For adults, Social Security is proposing to remove all the listing criteria entirely. Rather than establish any scenarios which are disabling due to diabetes, Social Security will only provide an introductory text which outlines situations where diabetes can lead to complications which can be disabling. Now, diabetics who have trouble controlling their blood sugars will have to show that they meet a different listing entirely (such as musculoskeletal, neurological, visual or cardiac). This is inherently unfair to those who are unable to control their diabetes thru no fault of their own but who don’t yet suffer from end organ damage. Diabetes can preclude work if not controlled, but there won’t be any relief for these claimants if these new rules are adopted.

Find these proposed rule changes at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-29671.htm

If you need more help with Social Security Disability, Call toll free at 1-800-481-0302.  You can also visit our website.

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