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Diabetes what's the best way to apply for SSDI benefits?

Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “I have had diabetes for years but now it’s gotten to the point where I can no longer work. I need to know what’s the best way is to apply for SSDI benefits for diabetes. Can I do it online or do I have to go to the SSA office?” get-filing-disability-help Although there are several ways to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for diabetes, assuming you are able to operate a computer, the best way to get SSDI benefits fast is to complete your application online. Below we’ll discuss your options and talk about the pros and cons of each application method.

Three ways to get SSDI benefits for diabetes

Before taking any steps to apply for SSDI benefits you will need to ensure you meet the nonmedical requirements. Specifically, you have sufficient work credits to be insured for SSDI, your condition is severe, and it will last for at least 12 continuous months. There are also age restrictions- you must be younger than your full retirement age- and you must generally be a U.S. citizen (exceptions exist). If you meet the nonmedical requirements the second step is to make sure you have all of the information you need to apply. Many claimants skip this step, but it’s critical to ensuring you are able to complete all subsequent steps. What information will I need to apply for SSDI with diabetes? The best way to identify the information you need to apply for SSDI benefits for diabetes is to go to www.ssa.gov and review the disability application checklist. General information which you need to collect includes:

How to complete your application for diabetes

There are three methods you can use to complete your application for diabetes. This is by far the easiest and fastest method to apply for SSDI benefits for diabetes. The downside is it can be a bit complicated for anyone not familiar with operating a computer, and it may be difficult to find someone to help you if you have questions. The second option is to contact the SSA by phone. The SSA employee can help you complete your diabetes SSDI application over the phone. Unfortunately, although you are speaking with someone who can answer your questions about the application process, it will be difficult to initially reach someone. Expect very long hold times. Additionally, once you do reach someone, they may not offer all the help you feel you need. The last and final option is to schedule an appointment with the SSA to visit their office. Although you can just show up, this is highly discouraged and can result in extended wait times. The downside to this arrangement is that you will have to travel to an SSA office and may not get all the help you need. Recent blog: How does the SSA determine if I need to see a judge?