Living with Crohn’s disease is difficult, especially if it affects your work. If you cannot work or face limitations on employment from your Crohn’s disease, you may have access to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD).
According to the Social Security Administration, to qualify for SSD, you need a medical condition that qualifies under their definition of disability, and you need to have a current or previous job that had Social Security coverage.
Does the SSA consider Crohn’s a disability?
If you have a digestive disorder, you may not consider it a disability. However, if you earn less than $1,350 per month or cannot work, you certainly should apply for SSD. Crohn’s disease falls under the conditions the Social Security Administration considers a disability because it is usually not curable and occurs chronically.
Can I receive long-term disability?
The Social Security Administration wants Americans to return to work, so if you want long-term disability, you must submit regular evidence from your doctor confirming your condition. Crohn’s disease might make it impossible or extremely difficult to find work. However, according to the SSA’s website, they might deny your claim if you can perform other work. It usually does not matter if your disorder prevents you from doing your desired job. To qualify, you must not earn substantial gainful activity (SGA).
Crohn’s disease can limit the potential of your professional life. If you have difficulty maintaining a consistent job due to your digestive disorder, reach out to the SSA. Even if they deny your initial claim, you still have resources available that might improve your chances of earning disability insurance.