The Compassionate Allowances Program, which is a program designed to fast-track disability claims for individuals with serious illnesses, is being expanded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a debilitating condition. The program is being expanded to include a total of 200 medical conditions and diseases, and the program approves many claims for this select group of conditions within a few days. With proper documentation, the cases are relatively easy to decide and applicants may not face the same time-consuming process as others.
Many of the conditions included in the Compassionate Allowances Program are rare, but are so serious that those who suffer from them easily meet the government’s definition of being disabled.
As disability claims are up by more than 20 percent since 2008, the Compassionate Allowances Program is also designed to ease the SSA workload, which has been swamped with disability claims since the economic recession several years ago. The high demand for disability benefits has made it difficult for the agency to reduce disability claims backlogs and wait times for decisions. An estimated 3.2 million individuals have applied for disability this year, which is up from the 2.6 million in 2008.
Since the Compassionate Allowances Program began in 2008, there have been 200,000 people who have received expedited benefits. The program includes well-known conditions, such as acute leukemia and advanced breast cancer, as well as more rare conditions, including Alpers disease and Menkes disease.
For individuals unable to work, receiving disability benefits is exceptionally important and can help a person live their best life and meet their many financial obligations. However, applying for benefits can be a difficult and confusing process, and denials are unfortunately very common. If you are applying for disability benefits or need help with an appeal, contact disability benefits lawyer Steven H. Heisler for assistance in getting the benefits you need.
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