Applying for Disability Benefits Due to Fibromyalgia (Fibromyalgia)
The application process for disability benefits due to fibromyalgia is quite simple. You need to fill out the application form and submit it with your medical records and pay the required fee. If you are eligible, you will receive a determination letter within two weeks.
It takes less than 15 minutes to complete the application process.
There are no specific questions on the application form. All you have to do is answer some general questions such as your age, marital status, education level, employment history and other relevant details. Your answers will determine if you qualify or not.
If you don’t meet the requirements for any reason, then there is nothing more that needs to be done except wait for a decision from Social Security Administration (SSA).
You may apply for disability benefits at any time during the year. However, you must file your claim before April 1st of each year. You can file your claim online through SSA’s website or you can mail in the completed application form along with a check made payable to “Social Security” to:
Social Security Administration
P.O. Box 17769
Baltimore, Maryland 21235
If you decide to mail in your application, be sure to include adequate time for processing. If you wait until the last minute, there is a chance that your application will arrive after the April 1 deadline. In this case, you will need to apply again during the following year. The full name and Social Security Number (SSN) of all applicants must be provided.
Below is a video about how to apply for benefits.
Applying for Disability Due to Fibromyalgia via the Internet
You can also apply for benefits through the SSA website. There is an online application that asks you the same questions that are on the printable forms. You can begin the process by logging onto SSA’s website and clicking on “Begin Your Application.” You will need your SSN, as well as other personal information in order to access the site.
It is important to note that you must have a printer available when you apply for disability through the Internet. This is because the application will not be submitted to the SSA until you print out and sign the form. In addition, some browsers do not let you save forms, so you may also want to try to access the site through Internet Explorer.
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