When applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the first step of the process will be to determine if you are currently eligible for disability benefits due to your illness. The SSA uses a medical guide, known as the Blue Book, to determine whether or not a condition is severe enough to warrant disability payments.
While you may be quite ill, not all applicants will qualify for disability benefits through the Blue Book.
In fact, the majority of applicants are initially denied at this step of the process.
To be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you must prove that you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to know that you are unable to earn more than $1,220 at any job in which you are “qualified for.”
This means that while your disability may prohibit you from performing at your most recent place of employment, you may have skills that can be used for another job.
December 1 marks the beginning of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution on November 14, 2011, to help bring about more awareness on the illness. The week of awareness brings together the IBD community in hopes of raising recognition and educating others about IBD. Most hope to someday see a day without their illness.