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Social Security Disability

This webpage is a resource providing Social Security Disability information in congenital heart disease.

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two types of programs that help people who cannot work have income.

  1. SSDI requires that you have worked long enough to have paid Social Security taxes but cannot work now.
  2. SSI is based on income and not your work record. It is for people with little income or resources.

Definition of Disability

To decide if you are disabled, the Social Security Administration (SSA) answers five questions. For more information, click here.

Compassionate Allowance Conditions (CAL)

Seven congenital heart diagnoses were added to the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance listings in 2011. Two groups of patients are targeted. Click here for more information.

Applying: Helpful Hints

Applying for disability can be challenging. These pointers may help you through the process. Click here for more information.

Applying: Information You Need to Fill out the Application

Having the following information in one place before filling out the application will be helpful and might improve your chances of being approved. For more information, click here.

Applying: Are You Ready?

There are three ways you can apply for disability: online, by telephone, or in-person. Click here.

Applying: What Happens Next?

Your application is reviewed and sent to your State Determination Services office. Click here.