Social Security Disability: Inability to Afford Prescribed Treatment
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has regulated that Social Security Disability claimants must follow prescribed treatment if the treatment will restore the individual’s ability to work. The claim will be denied if the claimant does not follow the treatment without an “acceptable reason” (e.g. treatment contradicts religious beliefs, is risky or unusual, or surgery was unsuccessful in the past.)
Understandably, some claimants may not be able to afford the treatment that is prescribed by a physician. Individuals in this instance may still file a claim, however. The claimant must explore all possible resources (e.g. clinics, public assistance agencies). The claim may be allowed if these resources are not available in the local community.
Social Security Ruling (SSR) 82-59 describes further the details of the procedures and requirements of prescribed treatment and the inability to afford it.
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