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Sleep apnea and temporary SSI disability

Does sleep apnea treatment qualify a person for temporary SSI?


This is a fairly common question (regarding temporary and short-term benefits). However, Social Security disability--and SSI--is a long term permanent disability program. There is no temporary SSI or SSDI. Social Security examiners and judges award benefits using a five-step sequential evaluation system that requires that an individual's condition of disability (per the SSA definition of disability as described in the regulations) must either have already existed for a minimum length of at least one full year, or be projected, based on the available medical evidence of record, to eventually last one full year. Which means, of course, that you do not need to wait until you have been out of work for a year BEFORE you file for disability benefits.

If you are working full time you would not qualify for disability. If you are planning on going back to work in less than twelve months, you are not considered disabled for Social Security disability.

While sleep apnea can be a very serious problem, it is unlikely to qualify for disability benefits unless you have other health issues that may or many not be a result of sleep apnea. More importantly, you cannot be working and earning over the monthly substantial gainful activity amount (see the current amount:SGA) no matter how serious your health problems are. Disability requires that an individual be earning less than the SGA monthly limit and have a severe disabling condition.

I hope this information helps you decide what you should do with regard to filing for disability.

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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    The SSDRC Disability Blog

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina

    Related pages:

    How are Social Security Disability cases decided? - the Process Social Security Uses In Every Disability Case
    Decisions On Disability - How Social Security Decides Claims
    Is Receiving Social Security Disability Based On Whether I Can Do My Current or Last Job?
    What is the Social Security definition of disability?
    Why is the Social Security Administration definition of disability so strict?
    Working and Disability - Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving Social Security Disability or SSI?

    Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

    These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI Requirements, Criteria, Eligibility
    How to file for disability, How to apply for SSD or SSI benefits
    Who will qualify for disability? - What qualifying is based on
    Social Security Disability - Permanent Disability
    How to Claim Disability Benefits through Social Security
    How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?
    What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
    Social Security Disability Status on a pending claim
    Working and Disability - Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving Social Security Disability or SSI?
    What is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI?
    Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it