Kidney disease prevents the kidneys from cleansing the blood fully. According to Palm Beach Post, “one out of three Americans is currently at high risk for developing kidney disease”. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention place the number of Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease at 20 million. If a kidney disease would prevent a person from working, then he or she would be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. In addition, those with kidney failure can qualify for Medicare as soon as they are approved for Social Security disability, compared to other conditions that have a two-year waiting period.
One condition that the Social Security Administration recognizes is kidney failure, also known as Stage Five Kidney Disease. For eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits, the person must have received, or is in need of, a transplant or dialysis to survive. Generally, those who are suffering from kidney failure do not have a hard time qualifying for Social Security disability benefits given that their paperwork is already in order. The claim is accepted faster than most cases would, only taking an average of three weeks compared to several months or even years for other conditions.
Social Security would evaluate kidney failure as deserving of disability benefits in case any of the following is present: nephrotic syndrome, serious complications of kidney disease, reduced glomerular filtration together with symptoms of damage, completion of a kidney transplant, or a need for regular dialysis.
If none of the aforementioned indicators exist, a person can still be granted benefits if they are unable to work due to kidney failure. Social Security would need an extensive medical history of all hospitalizations, medical treatments, and laboratory findings as evidence for impairment due to chronic renal disease. They would also require the current clinical observations and treatment notes.
The Social Security Administration has a special listing used for evaluating disability claims associated with kidney failure and makes the process relatively straightforward. To facilitate faster processing of payments and treatment, hospitals and other healthcare providers can tap the services of specialist firms such as DECO Recovery Management. Such assistance can provide utmost satisfaction for patients getting eligibility for Social Security disability while ensuring a continuous flow of much needed revenue.
(Source: Social Security: People with kidney disease eligible for benefits, Palm Beach Post, March 12, 2015)