Let SSA Know RA Can be Disabling
Today, the Arthritis Foundation is speaking out! Today, we are telling the Social Security Administration (SSA) that it is unacceptable that it can take months if not years for people with disabling rheumatoid arthritis to get through the disability claims process (watch testimony). Today we are asking you to join us!
The Social Security Administration is considering that for certain autoimmune diseases, people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma would be eligible for possible expedited claims review, also known as “compassionate allowance”. If SSA makes this change for autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, those disabled with RA would not have to wait so long for a decision regarding disability benefits.
Special thanks to Dr. Eric Gall, Arthritis Foundation, Chair of the Public Health Committee and Professor, Clinical Medicine, Rheumatology Department and Interim Director, Arizona Arthritis Center, University of Arizona School of Medicine for coming to Washington, DC and speaking out on behalf of people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Speak Up With Us! If you agree that people with disabling rheumatoid arthritis deserve timely review of their disability claims, please contact the Social Security Administration and support the addition of rheumatoid arthritis on the “Compassionate Allowances” list by e-mailing Compassionate.Allowances@ssa.gov.
Some points you may want to consider:
- Your personal story battling rheumatoid arthritis and the difficulty applying for Social Security disability
- People with RA suffer from chronic pain, disability and die earlier than the general population. Women are 2.5 times more likely to be affected than men.
- People with RA suffer from premature death of up to 10-12 years if treatment is not early, aggressive or if it fails.
- Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to joint destruction, deformity and disability
Support the recommendation that SSA place rheumatoid arthritis on the list of “Compassionate Allowances” which would permit a more timely review of the disability claim.
If you have questions about the Arthritis Foundation's testimony or this issue, please contact us at email@example.com.