14. What are the EAEDC "medical standards" and SSI "listing"?

The EAEDC medical standards are lists of 14 categories of impairments, such as musculoskeletal impairments, respiratory impairments and mental impairments. 106 C.M.R. § 703.192.

The SSI listings and MassHealth disability standards are similar (but not identical) to the EAEDC medical standards and are located in the federal regulations at 20 C.F.R. § 404, Subpart P, Appendix l, available at https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-app-p01.htm .

The standards specify the symptoms, signs and laboratory findings you must have to show that you have one of these listed impairments. The evidence can include laboratory test results, what your doctor has observed, and your description of your symptoms.

DES is supposed to evaluate if your impairment or combination of impairments matches or equals either the EAEDC standards or the MassHealth disability/SSI listings.

Example: Jane Sanders suffers from Reynaud's disease, a condition which is not listed in the EAEDC medical standards. Because of the disease, her fingers are red and swollen, with bluish areas. She also has rheumatoid arthritis, causing nodules on her fingers. Jane's doctor says she is at risk of circulatory collapse and should not use her hands to work. Although the Reynaud's disease does not meet the listed impairment under musculoskeletal systems in the regulations, Jane's impairments are equivalent in severity and she should be considered disabled.