Compassionate Allowances Initiative
The Compassionate Allowances initiative is designed to expedite the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) approval process for applicants with the most severe disabilities and illnesses.
The Compassionate Allowances initiative is designed to expedite the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) approval process for applicants with the most severe disabilities and illnesses. Unlike the normal disability process which can take many months and sometimes years, the approval process for those who qualify under this initiative can be completed within days. The original list of disabilities that qualify for the expedited decision process included 50 illnesses. As of March 1st, 2010 another 38 more disabilities and illnesses were added to the list for a total of 88 disabilities that qualify for Compassionate Allowance. (https://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/).
Compassionate allowances are a way of quickly identifying diseases and illnesses that qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on the minimal medical information. This allows Social Security to quickly target the most obviously disabled individuals so they can be approved quickly.
Most people who apply for disability do not qualify for a Compassionate Allowance and after waiting months, find that their initial application is denied. Unfortunately, this is normal and very common. The important thing is to not give up. The majority of people who are denied disability and follow through the appeals process will go on to have their disability claim approved at a disability hearing. This will often take many months and sometimes years.
Your chances of winning your disability hearing are much higher if you are represented by a disability attorney or non-attorney representative.
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