Individuals who apply for Social Security disability often wait months or years before they receive benefits. Attorneys who represent clients seeking this assistance know the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides compassionate allowances that speed the application process. Understanding the basic elements of this critical SSA service can help you receive benefits as quickly as possible.
Compassionate Allowances & Social Security Disability Insurance
What Are Compassionate Allowances?
Compassionate allowances (CAL) identify obviously severe medical conditions and diseases so the SSA can award Social Security benefits to the afflicted applicants quickly. This feature is part of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
How Does the SSA Choose CAL Conditions?
The SSA adds diseases and conditions to its CAL list based on input from public outreach hearings, scientific and medical experts, and the Social Security and Disability Determination Services communities. Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) also is a factor, as well as examinations of how the agency defines disability.
What Conditions & Diseases Are Included?
The SSA publishes a list of the conditions and diseases that qualify for CAL recognition. It includes early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, numerous types of cancer in children and adults, heart transplant wait list 1A/1B, Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome, and the ALS/Parkinsonism dementia complex. The administration continually evaluates and adds conditions to the roster, which is available on its website.
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