Because you are disabled.

File for disability benefits.

Appeal your case.

How you presented your initial application was the best you could do at that time given what you knew and were told.

But, if you were not successful, appeal (1) because you are disabled and (2) because you can improve on your presentation.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Genetic Tests & Disability

In Social Security Ruling 16-4p, the Social Security Administration provides basic information about genetic testing and how it evaluates genetic test results found in medical evidence.

Note that non-mosaic Down syndrome and xeroderma pigmentosum (for children and adults) are discussed.

Here is an excerpt from SSR 16-4p:

Are genetic test results alone sufficient to make a disability determination or decision?

“With the sole exception of non-mosaic Down syndrome, genetic test results alone are not sufficient to make a disability determination or decision. A person may be found disabled based on meeting the criteria for non-mosaic Down syndrome in the Listing of Impairments (listings) under 10.06A and 110.06A, when this condition is documented by a karyotype report signed by a physician.  Genetic test results alone are otherwise not sufficient to make a disability determination; however, in two other medical listings, we use genetic test results as part of the criteria to evaluate whether a person's impairment meets the listing. [These listings are for xeroderma pigmentosum (8.07A and 108.07A), 20 CFR part 404, subpart P, appendix 1.] Additional evidence, including signs and symptoms of a person's impairment, is generally necessary to make a disability determination. As genetic testing continues to advance, we will consider appropriate changes to our program policy.”

Footnotes omitted.

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