If I am service-connected for sleep apnea, what percentages can the VA rate me at?

Clipboard RatingHow does the VA Rate (assign a percentage and $ compensation amount) to Sleep Apnea?

They use the Rating Tablesfor sleep apnea can be found at 38 C.F.R. § 4.97.

Go to that section of the CFR, and look for  diagnostic code (DC) is 6847.

You can tell if the VA rated you directly for Sleep Apnea, as your code sheet will list only the four digit DC for Sleep Apnea (6847).

You can tell if the VA rated your sleep apnea as secondary to another condition, as your Code Sheet will list an 8-digit DC for the sleep apnea condition. (e.g. XXXX-6847, where the XXXX is the four digit code for another disability, disease, or illness).

6847 Sleep Apnea Syndromes (Obstructive, Central, Mixed):

Chronic respiratory failure with carbon dioxide retention or cor pulmonale, or; requires tracheostomy...............100

Requires use of breathing assistance device such as continuous airway pressure (CPAP) machine.......................50

Persistent day-time hypersomnolence...........................................................................................................30

Asymptomatic but with documented sleep disorder breathing............................................................................0

Cor pulmonale is, oversimplified, failure or enlargement of the right ventricle of your heart.

Hypersomnolence is, oversimplified, the need for a great deal more sleep than average; like narcolepsy, it can make you fall asleep unintentionally, although it is quite different from narcolepsy.

Asymptomatic is a medical term used to describe a condition which has been diagnosed, but which is not currently showing any visible symptoms.  For example, the VA often erroneously concludes that a condition was misdiagnosed or that a diagnosis cannot be confirmed when in fact the disease or condition is “asymptomatic”.

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