Compassionate Allowances and Social Security Disability
The process of applying for Social Security Disability can often take months, or even years, depending on the circumstances. To ensure that claimants coping with serious medical conditions promptly receive benefits, the Social Security Administration developed the Compassionate Allowances program. If you have been diagnosed with one of the conditions on the Compassionate Allowances program's list, your application for Social Security Disability benefits will be fast-tracked. Having one of the conditions on the Compassionate Allowances Program's list is not a guarantee that you'll be eligible for benefits. You still need to meet the SSI program's income requirements or be an insured worker under the SSDI program in order to qualify for disability benefits. If you meet these requirements and are eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program, the application process will speed up considerably. In fact, some applications are approved in a matter of days. Social Security will make an application decision based on objective medical information that they can quickly obtain. What Medical Conditions Are on the Compassionate Allowances Program List? Social Security selected the medical conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list based on information they received at public outreach hearings, comments from the Social Security and Disability Determination Services communities, and advice from medical and scientific experts. The original Compassionate Allowances list from 2008 had fifty conditions, but in 2010, 38 more conditions were added to the list. Conditions on the list include Lou Gehrig's disease, bladder cancer, Leigh's disease, and Zellweger syndrome. To see the complete list, click here Currently, about 4% of all applications that Social Security receives are eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program. As with the Quick Disability Determination process, the Compassionate Allowances program uses computer modeling technology to determine whether applications received qualify for the program. If it's determined that an application is eligible for Compassionate Allowances, it is passed onto Disability Determination Services examiners, who evaluate the claim on an expedited basis. Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with a condition that's listed under the Compassionate Allowances program? For someone who's coping with a serious illness, dealing with the hassles and lengthy duration of the standard application process while losing the ability to perform normal daily activities and covering major medical expenses can be overwhelming, to say the least. To ensure that you receive the benefits you urgently need, consider contacting an experienced disability lawyer for help with preparing and submitting your Social Security Disability application.