PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEMPart DI – Disability InsuranceChapter 245 – Medical EvaluationSubchapter 70 – Evaluation of Specific Issues - Endocrine System and ObesityTransmittal No. 5, 07/10/2019
This is a Quick Action Transmittal. These revisions do not change or introduce new policy or procedure.
Summary of Changes
DI 24570.001 Evaluation of Obesity
Social Security Ruling (SSR) 19-2p; “Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Obesity” rescinds and replaces SSR 02-1p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Obesity.
On September 12, 2002, we published SSR 02-1p (67 FR 57859) to provide guidance on the evaluation of obesity in disability claims. Since then, we published several final rules that revise some of the criteria we use to evaluate disability claims under Titles II and XVI of the Act. 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.
We removed the entirety of SSR 02-1p, and are putting a Background and Policy sections for SSR 19-2p; the background will cover why we revised and rescinded SSR 02-1p, and the policy section will simply link to the electronic version of SSR 19-2p. This POMS organization is a consistent format to other POMS sections for recently published SSRs.
CITATION: SSR 19-2p
SSA published Social Security Ruling (SSR) 19-2p, "Evaluating Cases Involving Obesity" on May 20, 2019. This SSR provides guidance on how we establish that a person has a medically determinable impairment of obesity and how we evaluate obesity in disability claims under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
SSR 19-2p is published in its entirety in "Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Obesity."