How to Get Disability Benefits for Crohn's Disease by Meeting a Listing

To determine whether you are disabled at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process, the Social Security Administration will consider whether your Crohn's disease is severe enough to meet or equal the Crohn's disease listing. The Social Security Administration has developed rules called Listing of Impairments for most common impairments. The listing for a particular impairment describes a degree of severity that Social Security Administration presumes would prevent a person from performing substantial work. You will be considered disabled if your Crohn's disease is severe enough to meet or equal the Crohn's disease listing.

The listing for Crohn's disease is 5.06, which has two parts: A and B. You will be disabled if you meet either part.

Meeting Social Security Administration Listing 5.06A for Crohn's Disease

A Social Security disability claimant with Crohn's disease meets listing 5.06A and is disabled if he or she has had sufficient narrowing of the intestine.

Listing 5.06A requires two hospitalizations for bowel obstruction at least 60 days apart within a six-month period. This hospitalization requirement means that only the most severe chronic cases qualify under listing 5.06A.

If the complications are eliminated by surgery, then you do not qualify under part A. In many instances, surgery does produce long-term benefit when combined with the proper diet and medication.

Meeting Social Security Administration Listing 5.06B for Crohn's Disease

A Social Security disability claimant with Crohn's disease meets listing 5.06(B) and is disabled if he or she has two of the following within a consecutive 6-month period while being treated:

  • 5.06B.1 Anemia with hemoglobin of less than 10.0 g/dL.
  • 5.06B.2. Serum albumin of 3.0 g/dL or less.
  • 5.06B.3. Clinically documented tender abdominal mass palpable on physical examination with abdominal pain or cramping that is not completely controlled by prescribed narcotic medication.
  • 5.06B.4. Perineal disease with a draining abscess or fistula, with pain that is not completely controlled by prescribed narcotic medication.
  • 5.06B.5. Involuntary weight loss of at least 10 percent from baseline.
  • 5.06B.6. Need for supplemental daily enteral nutrition via a gastrostomy or daily parenteral nutrition via a central venous catheter.

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