Respiratory Disorders

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Disability Benefits for Respiratory Disorders

Plus additional resources on getting disability benefits for Respiratory Disorders


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (“COPD”) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung disease. Learn more about eligibility if you have COPD.

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What Social Security lists for Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory Disorders are found under Section 3.00 of Social Security’s Listing of Impairments – Adult Listings.

Per Social Security, these are disorders “that result in obstruction (difficulty moving air out of the lungs) or restriction (difficulty moving air into the lungs), or that interfere with diffusion (gas exchange) across cell membranes in the lungs.”

Examples of disorders under this listing include:

  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • chronic bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • pneumoconiosis
  • asthma
  • cystic fibrosis
  • bronchiectasis
  • respiratory failure
  • chronic pulmonary hypertension
  • lung transplantation

Related Disabling Conditions under other sections of SSA’s listing include:

Cancers affecting the respiratory system

Pulmonary effects of neuromuscular disorders

Pulmonary effects of autoimmune disorders