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Understanding eligibility for compassionate allowances

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2023 | Social Security Disability |

Securing Social Security disability (SSD) benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) often involves a lengthy and complex process. However, for individuals dealing with certain severe conditions, the SSA provides an expedited process known as the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative.

In 2008, the U.S. government introduced the CAL program as a way to reduce difficulties faced by specific SSD benefits applicants. The program aims to speed up the process and allow this group to secure their benefits more quickly.

Time is of the essence

Once a person applies for SSD benefits, it typically takes three to six months for the government to decide whether to accept or reject an application. Upon acceptance, applicants still must wait an additional five months before finally receiving the SSD benefits.

For people with severe medical conditions, time is of the essence because they do know how much longer they will live.

Provide medical evidence

Nearly 270 medical conditions qualify for the CAL program. The list includes certain forms of mesothelioma, rare cancers, breast cancer, kidney cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and certain childhood diseases. Through the CAL program, the government quickly accepts disability claims of people with these medical conditions simply based on the confirmation of such diagnoses.

Clearly understand, though, that medical evidence must be provided.

Understand and pursue

You understand that your medical condition may not improve, so those SSD benefits will provide a temporary financial cushion for your and your family. With the CAL program, the SSA understands the importance of you receiving those benefits in a timelier manner. In certain situations, an attorney can provide the legal guidance needed.