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Social Security Disability Insurance Qualifies You for Medicare

Can I get disability for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Answer:

The short answer is yes, you can be approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome, as long as you meet the Social Security Administration’s criteria.

It’s a misconception that there’s a “list” of conditions that are covered by SSDI. Rather than maintaining a list, the agency looks at whether an individual’s symptoms are severe enough to be disabling and reasonably prevent employment.

You also have to have an adequate work history, which can pose a problem for people who become chronically ill when they’re young. For those people, the agency offers something called Supplemental Security Income.

However, being approved for SSDI benefits is not an easy process by any means, and most applications are rejected on the first attempt. More people are approved during an appeals process that can take a considerable amount of time.

1.Meet Social Security Disability Insurance Requirements

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A medical professional needs to verify that you are disabled before you can qualify for SSDI benefits. Huntstock/DisabilityImages/Getty Images

There are three requirements you must meet before you can be considered for benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

First, you must have been employed in a job that contributed to Social Security taxes. Any job where you worked “under the table” is not going to count.

Second, you must have a medical disability, mental or physical, that is expected to last for at least one year. The Social Security Administration will request medical records in addition to supportive documentation from your doctor as proof of disability.

Third, the medical disability must be severe enough to affect your ability to work in your current or past jobs. Ability to work in some capacity based on your age, education and skill level will likely result in a denied claim for SSDI.

If you meet these criteria, you can get ready to apply for SSDI.