Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Ruling (SSR) 19-2pTitles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Obesity



On May 20, 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the passing of SSR 19-2p. The purpose of this SSR is to provide information on how SSA evaluates if a person has a medically determinable impairment of obesity and how that condition may affect a claim for disability benefits under Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act.



In the announcement, SSA states:

“This Social Security Ruling (SSR) rescinds and replaces SSR 02–1p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Obesity. Obesity, when established by objective medical evidence (signs, laboratory findings, or both) from an acceptable medical source (AMS), is an Medically Determinable Impairment (MDI). We provide guidance in this SSR on how we establish that a person has an MDI of obesity, and how we evaluate obesity in disability claims. People with obesity have a higher risk for other impairments, and the effects of obesity combined with other impairments can be greater than the effects of each of the impairments considered separately. Obesity is not a listed impairment; however, the functional limitations caused by the MDI of obesity, either alone or in combination with another impairment(s), may medically equal a listing. Obesity in combination with another impairment(s) may or may not increase the severity or functional limitations of the other impairment(s)… . We are issuing this SSR to reflect the changes to the rules we have published, and advances in medical knowledge, since publication of SSR 02–1p.”



For a full copy of this notification, please visit the Federal Register – Social Security Administration index for 2019. 


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