What is the “Compassionate Allowances” Program for Social Security Disability?By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 6, 2012 | In Social Security Disability
For many people who apply for Social Security disability benefits, establishing that they have a “disability” according to Social Security’s definitions and rules is a daunting task. For others, however, this burden is significantly lessened by seeking benefits under the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s Compassionate Allowances program.
The Compassionate Allowances program works to approve disability benefits applications more quickly by allowing people with certain conditions to request an expedited review of their applications. These medical conditions are listed on the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances List (CAL). They typically include conditions that are fast-moving, very severe, or likely to result in the death of the disabled person before a decision about disability benefits would likely be reached via the ordinary application process.
New conditions are added to the CAL periodically. Often, conditions are added after the SSA holds hearings and seeks comments from experts and disabled individuals and families who are affected by the condition. The SSA also considers which conditions are most likely to meet the definition of “disability” required for benefits. For instance, several types of cancer, immune system disorders, and neurological conditions were added to the list in 2012 after hearings and consideration by the SSA. A hearing on autoimmune disorders held in 2011 may lead to additional conditions being added in the future as well, according to the SSA.
If you’re struggling with a disability, a skilled southern California Social Security disability benefits claim attorney at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help you seek the benefits you need. For a free consultation, call us today at (800) 438-7734.