52 New Conditions Added to Fast Track Social Security Disability Claims

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced the addition of 52 new medical conditions being added to the Compassionate Allowances Program, according to Insurancenews.net. The Compassionate Allowances Program provides vital assistance to individuals whose conditions meet the qualifications necessary to receive Social Security disability benefits, and more than 60,000 disability claimants received fast track-assistance through this program in 2011 alone. The program was created in 2008 to more quickly identify initial disability claims that qualify for Social Security benefits based on a predetermined list of medical conditions and diseases. The new medical conditions added will officially take effect in August and include a variety of diseases, but cancers, rare diseases, and neurologic disorders are primarily covered. Several of the newly added conditions may also affect children who may also be receiving disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Annually, an estimated 3 million people apply for Social Security disability benefits, and those with conditions which fall under the Allowances Program benefit from this latest effort to speed up their claims through the disability review process. Understanding the guidelines and qualifications for Social Security Disability can be difficult, and the application process can be frustrating. With assistance from a[…..]