What is the Compassionate Allowance program?

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2021 | Social Security Disability

Living with a disability can make working impossible for many in Kissimmee. Being unable to earn an income can make it difficult for a person to afford medical care or even care for their daily needs.

For this reason, some people in Florida choose to pursue Social Security disability benefits. However, it could take months or even over a year for a person to be approved for SSD benefits, especially if they are initially denied benefits and must appeal the denial. This can be devastating to those with serious disabilities. However, the Social Security Administration has a program in place to help these individuals: The Compassionate Allowance program.

What is the Compassionate Allowance program?

Under the Compassionate Allowance program, if a person has a certain disability as listed under the program, their claim for benefits will be expedited. This is because these claims involve conditions that, per SSA definition, meet the standards necessary for an award of disability benefits. A person need not do anything other than apply for benefits to be considered for the Compassionate Allowance program. Some examples of Compassionate Allowance conditions include certain types of cancers, certain brain disorders and rare childhood disorders.

What if my disability is not listed under the Compassionate Allowance program?

If your medical condition is not listed under the Compassionate Allowance program, do not lose hope. It is possible to submit the name of a condition to the SSA for consideration of addition to the Compassionate Allowance program. To do so, you need to provide the SSA with your name, the name of your condition including any alternate names it may have, a description of your condition, any diagnostic testing or physical findings related to your condition, the onset of your condition, the progression of your condition and how your condition is treated. The SSA will evaluate your submission, gather any other necessary medical information, refer this information for review and notify you of its decision.

Learn more about applying for SSD benefits

The Compassionate Allowance program can be a lifeline to those with serious medical conditions. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want to learn more about applying for SSD benefits can explore our firm’s website for further information.



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