The Social Security Administration considers asthma under the listing relating to other diseases of the respiratory system including chronic pulmonary insufficiency, cyctic fibrosis, pneumoconiosis, and lung transplants.
Asthma is considered as follows:
3.03 Asthma. With:
A. Chronic asthmatic bronchitis. Evaluate under the criteria for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 3.02A;
B. Attacks (as defined in 3.00C), in spite of prescribed treatment and requiring physician intervention, occurring at least once every 2 months or at least six times a year. Each in-patient hospitalization for longer than 24 hours for control of asthma counts as two attacks, and an evaluation period of at least 12 consecutive months must be used to determine the frequency of attacks.
Chronic pulmonary insufficiency, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is in turn considered with a fairly complex set of testing requirements. Having good testing following the protocols set forth in the SSA regulations is very important.
If you meet the definitions in the listing as to how disabling the condition is you may entitled to Social Security disability benefits. You may also be entitled to benefits if your condition medically equals a listing, or if it otherwise prevents you from being able to engage in substantial gainful activity.
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