Answer: Yes, it is possible to get Social Security disability for hepatitis C, although Social Security doesn’t make it easy.
For whatever reason, Social Security seems like it just doesn’t like people with liver disease. It is very possible to be on a liver transplant list and be turned down for Social Security disability. Maybe it’s because a lot of liver disease is caused by alcoholism. Maybe it’s because hepatitis C has much the same risk factors as AIDS — unprotected sex and IV drug use. Mainly I think it’s because you just can’t measure the main symptom caused by hepatitis C, fatigue. Social Security doesn’t like to approve someone based upon something that can’t be measured. You can’t measure fatigue.
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