Social Security has three special lists of conditions and impairments. These are called: The Blue Book Listing of Impairments, The Social Security Rulings, and the Compassionate Allowance List.
These lists are not terribly easy to read or understand. However, some of our readers have found these lists to be a useful tool to help them get approved more easily or more quickly.
If your condition is not on any of the Social Security lists…. don’t worry! There are plenty of other ways to get approved.
If you can’t find your condition, or the Blue Book is making your head swim… also don’t worry! There are plenty of other less confusing ways to help improve your case.
If you wish to be a fearless and intrepid reader-of-policies, here’s where you can learn all about the Blue Book, Rulings, and Listings:
AM I ON A LIST?
There are three places you can check: The Blue Book, The Compassionate Allowance List, and the Social Security Rulings. How To Find Out if Social Security Has Any Special Policies for Your Condition
You may also find this helpful: Where to Find Common Illnesses in the Social Security Blue Book
OH MY GOD! THE BLUE BOOK IS CONFUSING!
HOW CAN I USE THESE LISTS TO GET APPROVED?
Social Security will automatically screen your condition and decide if they think you match the criteria on any of these lists. If you want to take extra steps to increase your chances of a good decision:
Readers who took special steps to use these lists during different parts of the process:
A collection of doctor’s letters that use language from the Social Security Blue Book or Social Security rulings:
🌟 Ten Fantastic Letters: Strokes, Bipolar Disorder, Neurological Disorders (The first three letters include information on the Blue Book. The last seven letters are not about the Blue Book, but they are still great letters).
🌷 This page is part of the free online guide: The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability
🌷 Page Updated: 7/1/19
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