Understanding the Compassionate Allowances ProgramBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on January 13, 2015 | In Social Security Disability
Applying for social security benefits is often a lengthy and stressful process. For individuals with life-threatening conditions, benefits cannot come soon enough. In such cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes an exception and provides benefits quickly. This is called the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program. Under the CAL program, applicants who can easily prove that they meet the SSA disability requirements and that their conditions are life threatening or very serious can have their applications moved through quickly and efficiently.
The first step to qualify for SSA benefits under the CAL program is to prove that you have a qualifying condition. There are 100 medical conditions that are eligible for CAL consideration, including multiple sclerosis, brain injuries, myelofibrosis, cerebral palsy, lupus, chronic anemia, and cystic fibrosis. This list changes from time to time. So, it is important to review the current list when applying. In June 2011, 12 heart conditions were added to the CAL list including aortic atresia, Eisenmenger Syndrome, and mitral valve atresia.
If you have one of the 100 conditions covered by the CAL program, you may be able to have your case expedited. Compassionate Allowance cases typically move faster than regular disability cases. It is beneficial to have your case marked as a CAL case. This can be done any time during the process including during the initial application, reconsideration, the hearing, or even the court appeal stages.
The majority of conditions on the CAL list are severe and can result in death. Therefore, time is of the essence. The medical costs of having one of these conditions can bankrupt a family quickly. There are medical treatments, the cost of rehabilitation, and many other expenses that can leave a family with heavy debts.
If you or a loved one has a serious medical condition, do not hesitate to research your legal rights and options. A Los Angeles social security attorney can help review your case quickly and help you get the support you need.