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Qualifying for Social Security Disability With Sickle Cell Disease

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source: Sickle Cell Information Center

year: 2018

summary/abstract:

If you or your child has sickle cell anemia, you may be eligible for financial assistance. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers aid to people and adults of all ages who are unable to work or participate in typical childhood activities. Sickle cell disease is listed as a qualifying condition, meaning you could be eligible for monthly payments for your medical bills, paid medication, childcare, rent, travel expenses, and any other daily living needs.

Medically Qualifying for Benefits
The SSA uses its own medical guide of qualifying criteria, known colloquially as the Blue Book, to evaluate disability applicants and award benefits to those who qualify. Sickle cell disease is listed under Section 7.05 of the Blue Book.

The Blue Book was written for medical professionals, and you may not immediately know if you qualify with sickle cell disease. Because the entire Blue Book is available online, you can review Section 7.05 with your hematologist to determine if you qualify for benefits.

 

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