Making Sense of the Compassionate Allowances ProgramBy Kenton Koszdin on November 23, 2020 | In Social Security Benefits
When you or someone you love is on Social Security disability, it’s important to know about any and every resource to help you maximize the impact of those benefits on your life. Many people who find themselves applying for Social Security disability benefits find the process of applying for benefits to be a daunting task, so it’s easy to imagine how additional aspects of the program can slip through the cracks. Proving your disability throughout the application process can be tiresome, but there are ways to lessen the difficulty you may experience during this time.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) established the Compassionate Allowances program back in 2012 in an effort to expedite the disability review process for specific applicants. It was a huge step forward for applicants with severe medical conditions who are in immediate need of assistance but had to wait a lengthy period for their disability review to be completed. Though the SSA’s Compassionate Allowance List (CAL), several qualifying conditions are considered. Most often include conditions or illnesses that are severe, fast-moving, or likely to become fatal before the applicant would expect to have their disability review completed.
As COVID-19 continues to impact many demographics who may find themselves needing Social Security Disability benefits, the qualifying conditions and illnesses can and will change. This is decided through a process held by the SSA to facilitate hearings where both the medical community as well as individuals affected by the proposed disability to be included in the CAL will weigh in on the decision. Without the valuable input of both the medical professionals and the individuals affected by the conditions and illnesses proposed into the CAL, cancers, autoimmune disorders, and neurological diseases wouldn’t be considered disabilities qualified for the compassionate allowances program.
There’s a lot to make sense of when you realize you need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Still, you can alleviate the stress of it all by hiring an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney. Contact our team at Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security Attorney in Van Nuys, to schedule your free initial consultation today: 800.438.7734.