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More Conditions Added to Social Security Compassionate Allowances

| Dec 10, 2012 | Compassionate allowance

There are certain medical diseases or conditions for which Social Security disability claims can be processed quickly under a program called Compassionate Allowances. Recently, the Social Security Administration made the decision to increase the number of conditions that are covered under the program.

About 35 new conditions were included in the program, and the list now consists of a total of 200 conditions. The Compassionate Allowances Program is designed mainly to facilitate quicker acceleration of disability claims for persons who suffer from certain diseases and conditions that are so serious, that waiting for long periods of time for a claim to be processed simply isn’t feasible. A typical Social Security Disability claim can take months to be approved.

The main aim of having this special program is to make it easier for facilitation of claims for people who suffer from these conditions, and cannot wait months before their claim can be approved. Under the Compassionate Allowances program, the Social Security administration targets those individuals, who suffer from diseases that are so serious that their conditions can be immediately identified as meeting all requirements.

The Compassionate Allowances Program includes such conditions as adult non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, aplastic anemia, certain types of breast cancers, bladder cancer child non-Hodgkin lymphoma, early onset Alzheimer’s disease, head and neck cancers, and gallbladder cancer. People who suffer from many different types of cancers are likely to be included in the program. For instance, people who suffer from acute leukemia, anaplastic adrenal cancer, breast cancer and different types of carcinomas are covered under the program. Persons who are on heart transplant waitlists may also be included in the program.

Lisa Siegel is a Social Security disability lawyer, helping persons with disabilities in the metro Atlanta region and across Georgia recover their disability benefits. If you are eligible for Social Security, and have had your claim denied, contact Lisa to learn your rights.