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Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at

When do you have disability insured status?

207. When do you have disability insured status?

You have disability insured status if you:

  1. Have at least 20 credits during a 40-calendar quarter period (the 20/40 rule);

  2. The 40-calendar quarter period ends with the quarter that you are determined to be disabled; and

  3. You are fully insured in that calendar quarter as explained in §203

Last Revised: Aug. 9, 2005

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Mitochrondial sydrome

January 30, 2013 by Guest

I have been dx with mitochrondial sydrome. Mypathy. Im relocating to greensbro nc to staying with my sister. I have issues with my illiness random dizzy spells. Joint pain and tia's i had heart surgery 4 years ago related to my mito. Ive been working since i was 12yrs old I'm 45working now. My condition is random with tia's pain and blurred vision that comes and go. I was dx at frodert hosptial by a specialist. Can i apply on the phone

Mitochondrial Disease and Social Security disability

January 30, 2013 by David Luhman

Here is some information on Mitochondrial Disease from the SSA :

This may qualify for accelerated benefits under the "compassionate allowance" guidelines.

You can apply for disability benefits online :

look up your status on any benifit

February 7, 2013 by tammy sue

only have question for some 1 to anwser 4 me can people look up status on there app,and where a

Autoimmue diseases

August 1, 2013 by Guest

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2002, was placed on a treatment which caused liver damage. My doctor stopped the treatment and subsequently moved. In May I was seen by another rheumatologist who started me on a course of treatment which requires monthly injections. During my last visit he informed me that my RA factor was 575. Also my general practitioner discovered that because of the autoimmune system being as it is, I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and a blood disorder known as macrocytosis. Can I apply for disability based on this? Have been told it would be a waste of time.

Disability with rheumatoid arthritis

August 1, 2013 by David Luhman

Rheumatoid arthritis is listed as a disorder which could qualify one for disability benefits.

However, the main determinant is the degree the disorder affects your ability to engage in "substantial gainful activity". See the following for the SSA's definition of disability :

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