Expedite SSDI applications through Compassionate Allowances Program

The Compassionate Allowances Program was designed to expedite the SSDI application process for people with chronic and debilitating medical conditions.

Pennsylvania residents and families who have applied for Social Security Disability benefits may have to wait for a long time. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Social Security Administration is experiencing a growing backlog of applications for Social Security benefits. The SSA reported that in 2011, 2,000 cases were dismissed because the person filing for benefits died before their claim could be approved or denied. More than 63,000 people who applied for benefits were made to wait at least 635 days for an initial decision. In an attempt to bypass this backlog and get benefits to people suffering from chronic conditions, the SSA created the Compassionate Allowances Program.

What is the Compassionate Allowances Program?

People who are diagnosed with conditions that are extremely severe and obviously debilitating may qualify for the Compassionate Allowances Program. In order to qualify, the applicant must have a diagnosis that is listed on the approved list of conditions. These applications can then be expedited through the approval process, as the conditions require little research by SSA representatives. In most cases, physicians are contacted, medical documentation is obtained and the diagnosed condition is confirmed. Other cases may require a short medical review.

Applicants sent through the Compassionate Allowances Program must meet the SSA's definition of disabled. People who can no longer perform their workplace activities, and cannot adjust to any other type of work may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The disability must also last for at least one year or is expected to result in the applicant's death.

Approved conditions

There are several factors that determine which conditions are approved for the Compassionate Allowances Program. Public outreach meetings are held where community members have a chance to voice their opinions regarding the conditions chosen. Most recently, conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, schizophrenia, organ transplants and cardiovascular disease were discussed at a public outreach meeting. A counsel of professional medical experts and researchers from the National Institutes of Health also contribute to the selection of conditions. While the list contains many rare and fatal conditions, it also includes several types of cancers.

The Compassionate Allowances Program can approve SSDI applications in a matter of months rather than years. People who have the right documentation ready may be approved even sooner. An attorney may be able to help you gather the necessary information and documentation to file your claim. Not only will this simplify the SSDI process, but you may be able to receive your benefits in no time.

Keywords: SSDI, Social Security, disability