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SSA Listing 3.03-Asthma

Guidelines for navigating the application process & accessing SSA assistance June 7, 2023

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects millions of people worldwide. For individuals with severe asthma symptoms that significantly impact their daily life and ability to work, Social Security Disability benefits may provide crucial support. In this blog post, we will delve into the specific criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for asthma-related disability benefits and discuss how individuals can determine their eligibility. Understanding these guidelines is essential for navigating the application process and accessing the necessary assistance.

FEV1 Criteria:

  • The SSA evaluates asthma-related disability claims based on the Forced Expiratory Volume in one second (FEV1), which measures lung function. To qualify for disability benefits, individuals must meet both of the following criteria:

    • FEV1 Measurement: The FEV1 value should be equal to or less than the values specified in the corresponding table provided by the SSA. The specific values depend on a person's age, gender, and height without shoes. The FEV1 measurement must be taken within the same 12-month period as the hospitalizations mentioned in criterion B.

Exacerbations or Complications:

  • In addition to the FEV1 criterion, individuals must also experience exacerbations or complications related to their asthma. This requires a minimum of three hospitalizations within a 12-month period, with each hospitalization lasting at least 48 hours and occurring at least 30 days apart. These hospitalizations should be a result of severe asthma symptoms or related complications.

It is important to note that if the above criteria are met, individuals are considered disabled for one year from the discharge date of the last hospitalization. After this period, any residual impairments are evaluated under 3.03 or other relevant listings.

Living with severe asthma can significantly impact an individual's quality of life and ability to maintain employment. Social Security Disability benefits exist to provide crucial support to individuals facing these challenges. If you or someone you know meets the FEV1 criteria mentioned above, alongside experiencing frequent exacerbations or complications resulting in multiple hospitalizations, it may be worth exploring the possibility of applying for disability benefits. Remember to gather all relevant medical documentation and seek professional guidance to navigate the application process effectively. Social Security Disability benefits can provide essential financial assistance and resources to individuals living with severe asthma, helping them maintain a better quality of life despite their condition.