A couple of weeks ago, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) eliminated endocrine disorders from its list of maladies that qualify for benefits from programs for disabled Americans, Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). Potential applicants for Social Security benefits may wish to consult a Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer for information on the recent changes.
Endocrine disorders involve the glands that secrete hormones into a person’s bloodstream. The endocrine system plays an important role in regulating the body, as hormones are involved such vital roles as metabolism, tissue function and a person’s mood. Endocrine diseases include diabetes, thyroid disorders and pituitary gland disorders.
The SSA revised its listings citing advances in technology as being able to detect endocrine disorders at earlier stages today. Improvements in treatment also help people better manage endocrine disorders today than in years past.
The changes will not affect those already receiving benefits for endocrine disorders. As of a few weeks ago, however, endocrine disorders do not automatically qualify a person for Social Security benefits. Depending on their symptoms and disabilities, applicants may still be able to receive benefits under different SSA criteria. A Tulsa Social Security disability attorney can provide further guidance on this matter.