Kidney disease prevents the kidneys from cleansing the blood fully. According to Palm Beach Post, “one out of three Americans is currently at high risk for developing kidney disease”. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention place the number of Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease at 20 million. If a kidney disease would prevent a person from working, then he or she would be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. In addition, those with kidney failure can qualify for Medicare as soon as they are approved for Social Security disability, compared to other conditions that have a two-year waiting period.