What Are Compassionate Allowances?


Posted by: Chris

It can take a long time for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to review and process disability claims. In the meantime, applicants are left without benefits as they wait to hear whether they have been approved. Waiting for benefits is difficult for any disabled individual, but it’s especially challenging for those who have seriously disabling conditions. Fortunately, applicants in this position may be able to expedite their claim if they meet the requirements for the SSA’s compassionate allowance program.

What is the Compassionate Allowance Program?

The SSA receives millions of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits every year. To ensure the most serious cases were handled first, the SSA established the compassionate allowance program. The goal of this program is to identify applicants with severe medical conditions so the SSA can approve their benefits as quickly as possible instead of making them wait for months.

Who Qualifies For the Compassionate Allowance Program?

The SSA will only expedite an applicant’s claim if his condition qualifies for the compassionate allowance program. There are currently over 200 compassionate allowance conditions, including:

  • Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • ALS
  • Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease

There may be over 200 conditions on this list now, but new conditions are added by the SSA every year.

How to Receive A Compassionate Allowance

Applicants are not asked to fill out a separate application in order to qualify for a compassionate allowance. The process of applying for disability benefits remains the same. Applicants who believe they qualify for a compassionate allowance must make sure they have submitted enough proof of their condition to the SSA. If the SSA does not see enough proof, the claim will be denied, which will delay benefits even more.

When Will the SSA Start Sending Benefits?

Anyone who qualifies for the compassionate allowance program will hear back fairly quickly from the SSA. The time that it takes to hear back varies on a case-by-case basis, however some applicants get a response within a matter of weeks. If you want the claim to be approved as quickly as possible, submit all of the documentation the SSA needs to see right away and provide them with more than enough evidence of your condition. This will make it easier for them to review and make a decision regarding your claim.

Disabled individuals who qualify for the compassionate allowance program should seek legal representation from the attorneys at Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. Let our team ensure the information that is submitted to the SSA is complete so they are able to approve your application right away. Please call us today at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.