U.S. Disability and Endocrine Disorders

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The U.S. Social Security Administration has just published a set of rules for evaluating endocrine disorders for the purposes of declaring a patient "disabled" and therefore eligible for federal disability payments. It is an elaboration on rules put forth in 2011 that removed endocrine disorders from the list of automatically disabling conditions. The SSA says that advances in treatment have made it possible to continue working while battling endocrine disorders. It therefore declared that adults with a diagnosed endocrine disorder are not automatically eligible to be listed as disabled. Rather, the effects must be determined to be "severe" and they must adversely affect other body systems. The ruling will be published in the Federal Register. You can read the document here.

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