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What Is the Compassionate Allowance (CAL)

By Kenton Koszdin on September 11, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

What Is the Compassionate Allowance (CAL)

The compassionate allowance, or CAL, may be able to get you the disability benefits you need much quicker. Not all conditions are approved for this allowance, but if yours is, you may want to speak to a disability lawyer sooner to help you with the application process. The application process can be easier depending on the illness or impairment, but a disability lawyer can still help you navigate the Social Security waters.

What is the Compassionate Allowance?

The compassionate allowance (CAL) was established in 2008. At that time, there were 50 conditions that made those applicants eligible for faster processing of their application. It was designed to keep people with severely limiting conditions from having to go through the lengthy process of applying for SSA disability benefits.

What Conditions Fall Under the CAL?

The list of conditions that qualify for the CAL has grown rapidly. As of 2012, the CAL list had gone from 50 to now over 200 conditions. Conditions that are more serious, such as many types of cancer as well as rare conditions that affect children, will usually be found on the compassionate allowance list. Just a couple of conditions that qualify are lymphomas and early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. You can also submit to have an illness or impairment added to the CAL.

Is the Application Process Easier?

The SSA has made the application process easier for those with conditions on the CAL list of conditions. Often, the initial decision to allow disability benefits is made only on the testimony of the applicant while the process continues toward approval or denial. While the application process is easier, sometimes requiring only a diagnosis, you may still find yourself denied, needing to go through the appeals process to continue receiving benefits.

How Fast Can You Receive Disability Benefits?

The SSA can, and may, give benefits to those with these more severe conditions even before their application is approved or denied. This can be as little as 30 days. However, if your application is denied once you’ve already started receiving benefits, those benefits will stop. You won’t have to pay back any of the benefits you’ve already received if you are denied, and benefits will continue on a permanent basis if your application is approved.

In the Los Angeles area, many applicants for disability benefits have one or more conditions that qualify for a compassionate allowance. Even though the application process has been simplified, that process can be overwhelming for some, especially since they are already dealing with managing their health. If you fall into this category, you will want an experienced disability lawyer on your side. That lawyer is Kenton Koszdin. Call the office in Van Nuys, CA to schedule a free review of your case and to discuss the compassionate allowance list.

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