The answer depends on several factors. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has provided limited guidance on whether long COVID falls under the umbrella of qualifying illnesses listed by the SSA. However, the government is continuing to evaluate the issue as more information on long COVID is made available.
The SSA office is requesting that medical professionals keep track of long COVID cases to make determinations in the future. The uncertainty surrounding long COVID and whether it qualifies as a disability under the SSA has not stopped individuals from filing claims.
The executive branch has called for a “government-wide response” to long COVID. It also asked government agencies to work together in researching the lasting effects of COVID and long COVID so that further action can be taken in support of the American people.
Health+ Long COVID program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the Health+ Long COVID program. This program reflects an effort to bring together extensive medical research, professionals and direct interactions with patients affected by long COVID. It has yet to provide conclusions.
American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has stated that long COVID is a disability under The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sections 504 and 1557, under certain conditions and if the patient undergoes an individual assessment. The agency maintains that the determination of whether long COVID is a disability should be made on a case-by-case basis.
As further information becomes available on the long-lasting effects of the pandemic, we will learn the SSA’s stance on long COVID and whether it qualifies as a disabling condition by their definition.