If an illness strikes a person in Florida, the individual and his or her family might not be aware that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a compassionate program that can provide benefits if they meet the criteria for qualifying SSD benefits for illness. There are certain factors that go into receiving benefits based on these conditions.
The conditions are determined through information from public outreach hearings, community commentary on SSD determination, scientific and medical experts, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) research. Applicants whose issues are of sufficient severity that they clearly meet the criteria to receive benefits can try to receive them faster than normal. This is through the Compassionate Allowances Conditions (CAL) program. Certain diseases will be on the Listing of Impairments based on a minimum medical assessment.
This can let the SSA take people who have an obvious disability and provide timely benefits due to the speed with which the medical prognosis can be made. This is not independent of conventional methods to receiving Social Security and its programs. There have been seven public outreach hearings for Social Security to help people with certain issues that are so blatantly obvious that they require assistance. They were in reference to certain diseases including: strokes, traumatic brain injury, early-onset Alzheimer's disease, cancers, schizophrenia, multiple organ transplants, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases and dementia.
The definition of "disabled" and the ability to be awarded SSD benefits through Social Security has many different levels and rules. A person and his or her family who is dealing with an illness might not have the time or the wherewithal to examine the rules for SSD and understand what to do to receive benefits. An attorney can provide assistance with understanding whether CAL is an option to receive the disability benefits quickly when suffering from cancer or another issue listed above.
Source: SSA.gov, "Compassionate Allowances," accessed on Jan. 18, 2015