Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides monthly benefits to those who are disabled and have earned a sufficient number of credits.
The SSA has a medical guide that is called the Blue Book. This Blue Book has the established guidelines for being declared disabled and eligible for benefits. While Lyme disease itself does not have a listing in the Blue Book, there are several listings that meet those who have advanced symptoms of the disease.
For those who are suffering from advanced disease, they may find these listings beneficial:
Section 1.00 (Musculoskeletal System) – This may be met if you have significant mobility limitations when it comes to using your arms of walking.
Section 4.00 (Cardiovascular System) – If you have suffered heart damage from Lyme disease.
Section 12.00 (Mental Disorders) – If you have anxiety or cognitive issues from the disease.
Section 14.09 (Inflammatory Arthritis) – If arthritis in the knees or other weight-bearing joints are severe enough.
If you don’t meet the Blue Book listing for Lyme disease using one of the listings, you may still qualify for benefits using the medical-vocational allowance with a residual functioning capacity (RFC) form.