Kidney transplant

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 11:43

I am 52 years old and have been disabled for 8 years due to renal failure. My question is, since I have had a kidney transplant, does my social security benefits end. If so when, because there is always a chance of rejection. If it does end, I do not want to be taken by surprise, will they let you know early enough, or will it be oneof those deals where they just cut you off, then inform you that you are no longer eligible?

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 16:38 Permalink

Hi there,
Absolutely not. You will keep your benefits for AT LEAST 12 months after your transplant. After those 12 months have passed, the SSA will reevaluate your claim and see if you're still disabled.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:00 Permalink

Kidney transplant recipients have slightly different regulations when it comes to Social Security benefits. After an individual has undergone a kidney transplant, they will automatically be considered disabled for a year following the transplant surgery. After the first year, the patient will be evaluated periodically to determine whether or not they can return to work.

Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Molly C (not verified)

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 03:01 Permalink

My three 3 yrs are up for evaluation Sadi I got approved will I get back pay


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 09:30 Permalink

Hi there,
if you are already on SSDI benefits, then you may not be entitled to any more back pay.

Seth C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:00 Permalink

After your year is up how do they determine if your disabled? I've an AV fistula and I'm pretty sure it's over matured it's causing a lot of issues and pain making it ver very difficult to work.

D-Pow (not verified)

In reply to by Seth C (not verified)

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:01 Permalink

Hi Seth,
If you received disability benefits for a condition that was expected to last for 12 months, you will be re-evaluated by the SSA after the year has passed. If you are still unable to work, you should continue to receive disability benefits.

John P (not verified)
Sun, 02/28/2016 - 21:17 Permalink

I had a kidney transplant in 2013 and I am a former railroad employee. I have never received any kind of evaluation from the SSA or the railroad. Should I have received something by now?


In reply to by John P (not verified)

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 16:48 Permalink

Hi John,
That is very strange! A kidney transplant is an automatic medical approval for disability benefits. Are you sure you completed the application?

Deepali bhardwaj (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 00:08 Permalink

My kidney transplant is done sept 2016,than I make the handicapped certificate


In reply to by Deepali bhardwaj (not verified)

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:34 Permalink

Hi Deepali,
you may be able to apply for a handicapped placard at any DMV, RMV, or equivalent in your state.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 05/04/2016 - 23:48 Permalink

If I receive ssdi and recently received a kidney transplant will I loose my disability?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 09:33 Permalink

Hi there,
You would not! The SSA automatically considers a person to be medically eligible for disability for a year after an organ transplant, and possibly longer if your medical condition prevents you from working after that.

lan (not verified)
Tue, 05/24/2016 - 15:28 Permalink

after kidney transplant, if i have a part time job within 12 months from kidney transplant, should i lost my SSDI?

Sophia Williams (not verified)
Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:56 Permalink

I had my kidney transplant June 14th of last year and still have not found a job. I was on dialysis for seven years so its been a long time since I worked. During those seven years I had heart problems, and continue experiencing muscle/joint pain. I'm worried because my only income is SSI, what should I do?


In reply to by Sophia Williams (not verified)

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:06 Permalink

Hi Sophia,
I would not worry about your eligibility, as you are still eligible for SSI even if you work or look for work. Generally if you work they may adjust your SSI benefit to account for the extra income, but they would not cancel your SSI benefits,(or Medicaid benefits, if you have them) because you started working.

crystal (not verified)
Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:22 Permalink

My mom just got a kidney transplant and she is on ssi, I am worried she will lose this with out notice. I see she has a year to not worry. Now do I have to let ssi know she got a transplant or is that something the hospital did? Also if I do have to let them know how do I go about that ?

Carmen (not verified)
Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:12 Permalink

My son had kidney transplant about 5 years but 3 years ago he got Diabetes and now they did a evaluation and they sai that he is not disable nome they take off he SSI

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