To say the Social Security Disability process is long is an understatement. It takes years for most claims to get approved. However, there are some exceptions to the rule.
The SSA recognizes certain conditions and disabilities in which expedition occurs. Formally, this list of conditions is known as Compassionate Allowance.
What is a Compassionate Allowance?
According to the SSA, Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.
These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children. The Social Security Compassionate Allowance List (CAL) initiative helps the SSA reduce waiting time to reach a disability determination for individuals with the most serious disabilities.
Which conditions are on Social Security Compassionate Allowance List?
There are over 200 conditions on the CAL. The list contains many types of cancer as well as terminal diseases. The full list can be viewed here: https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0423022080
It’s important to note that a diagnosis alone is not necessarily enough to qualify for the Compassionate Allowance expedition. For instance, breast cancer is on the list, but the severity of the condition also plays a part. In order for breast cancer to qualify for the list, it must be inoperable with distant metastases.
How can you file for a condition on the Compassionate Allowance List?
As long as your medical evidence backs up your disability claim, it will be expedited. However, one aspect that may hold up your claim is medical records. Your medical records may be held up by delays at your medical office. However, once your records are sent, you should receive an expedited decision.
Unfortunately, even the Compassionate Allowances program can’t provide benefits immediately. Even with the expedited process, several factors such as the number of other applications, the speed of submitted medical evidence, and further required examinations can delay the decision.
However, most applicants do not have to wait long for their payments to start — most receive Compassionate Allowance benefits anywhere from a few weeks to 2 months after the application is received.
Overall, filing a disability claim while battling a condition on the Compassionate Allowance List can be difficult. If you’d like to know more about how to file for these claims, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our number is 1-877-526-3457. If you can’t talk now, fill out this form so we may call you at a better time.