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SSA Listing 3.02-Chronic Respiratory Disorders

Explore the specific criteria outlined by SSA for chronic respiratory disorders June 8, 2023

Living with a chronic respiratory disorder can significantly impact a person's daily life and ability to work. For individuals facing these challenges, Social Security Disability benefits may provide much-needed support. In this blog post, we will explore the specific criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for chronic respiratory disorders and discuss how they determine eligibility for disability benefits. Understanding these guidelines can help individuals navigate the application process and access the assistance they need.

FEV1 and FVC Criteria:

  • The SSA considers the Forced Expiratory Volume in one second (FEV1) and the Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) measurements when evaluating chronic respiratory disorders. The specific eligibility criteria are based on a person's age, gender, height, and the values in the respective tables provided by the SSA. If a person's FEV1 or FVC falls equal to or below the specified values, they may be eligible for disability benefits.

Chronic Impairment of Gas Exchange:

  • The SSA also considers the impairment of gas exchange as a criterion for disability benefits. This can be demonstrated through two methods:

    • Average DLCO Measurements: The Average of two unadjusted, single-breath Diffusing Capacity of the Lungs for Carbon Monoxide (DLCO) measurements is compared to the values specified in the DLCO table for the person's gender and height.

    • Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Test: Concurrent measurements of arterial PaO2 and PaCO2 during rest or steady-state exercise, as well as SpO2 levels measured by pulse oximetry, are compared to the values provided in the corresponding tables for ABG criteria.

Exacerbations or Complications:

  • In some cases, individuals experiencing chronic respiratory disorders may qualify for disability benefits if they have had three hospitalizations within a 12-month period, each lasting at least 48 hours and occurring at least 30 days apart. These hospitalizations must be a result of exacerbations or complications related to the respiratory disorder.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits based on a chronic respiratory disorder can be a complex process. It requires thorough understanding of the specific criteria outlined by the SSA. If you or someone you know meets the eligibility criteria mentioned above, it is crucial to gather all relevant medical documentation and seek professional guidance when applying for benefits. Remember, Social Security Disability benefits exist to provide support and assistance to individuals facing chronic respiratory disorders, ensuring a better quality of life and access to necessary resources.