Social Security Updates Disability Listings for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

The Social Security Administration has released a final rule with extensive updates to its listings on kidney disorders for both adults and children. These listings are explained in Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits, by David A. Morton III, MD.

Here are some of the key changes in the listings: Chronic hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis still qualify a disability applicant for an automatic approval and a kidney transplant still qualifies for disability for a one-year period for recovery time. While many of the tests that can be used to prove kidney failure remain the same or similar, an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) has been added as a test of kidney function to show reduced glomerular filtration. Explicit time intervals have been added for hypertension caused by fluid overload to qualify for disability: after at least 90 days of prescribed therapy, diastolic blood pressure must be greater than or equal 110 mm Hg, documented by at least two measurements at least 90 days apart during one year. For the children's listing on kidney disease, it has been clarified that simple diagnostic procedures such as cystoscopy and circumcision do not qualify as surgery for congenital kidney disorders. As before, requirements for children are more lenient than for adults.

Read more in our updated article about getting disability for kidney disease.