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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 31, No. 1, Winter 2015


Social Security Disability Benefits:

Special Rules for Postpolio Sequelae

Nancy G. Shor, Senior Policy Advisor, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

You can find a lot of information about Social Security disability benefits from many sources, including online sites. The information presented generally applies to all claimants, regardless of the type of condition or conditions the person has. As a polio survivor, you need to know that Social Security has special instructions for examiners who evaluate disability claims that involve postpolio sequelae.

Let’s quickly review the general rules. The Social Security Administration has a five-step evaluation process, known as the “sequential evaluation” process. The first question is whether the claimant is working at full-time employment; if yes, the claim is usually denied at this step.


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