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September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution designating September as National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month. Since that first official year, a national campaign is held in September to raise awareness of the disabling effects of this hematological condition.

Sickle cell disease is classified as a hematological disorder in section 107.05 in the childhood listings for disability and section 7.05 in the adult listings. To qualify as a disabling condition in a child, the patient must show at least one the following medical conditions.

  • Recent and recurrent severe vaso-occlusive crises (musculoskeletal, vertebral, abdominal).
  • Major visceral complication in the last year before applying.
  • A hyperhemolytic or aplastic crisis in the last year before applying.
  • Chronic and severe anemia with hermatocrit of 26 percent or less.
  • Congestive heart failure, cerebrovascular (stroke) damage, or emotional disorder as defined by other listings.

Many children with sickle cell disease continue to suffer from the condition as they age. The adult conditions to qualify for disability benefits due to sickle cell disease requires that appropriate hematologic evidence for sickle cell disease is included and vaso-occlusive episodes  are documented.

If a child with sickle cell disease receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, he or she can only continue the benefits as an adult if the disease is still present at the level considered as disabling in adulthood.

Disability Help Group are here to help people of all ages apply for Social Security disability benefits. If you or your child suffers from sickle cell disease and you have been denied SSDI or SSI benefits, contact our offices to speak with a claims representative and learn how our representatives can help. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.