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Compassionate allowances: Is your condition on the list?

If you have submitted an application for Social Security Disability Insurance, you may be one of the million people currently waiting to receive a decision on whether or not you are approved for benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, administrative law judges and support staff have been working for years to decrease the backlog of applicants waiting to receive the SSDI benefits needed to make ends meet while they are unable to work. The problem has gotten to the point where people have passed away from their condition while waiting to hear if they are able to receive SSDI benefits. In an attempt to decrease this backlog and to help those who are suffering from acute and terminal conditions, the Social Security Administration has compiled a list of conditions and diseases that are easily identifiable as being approved conditions for SSDI benefits.

The Compassionate Allowances Program is designed to help streamline the SSDI application process for people who suffer from certain conditions, such as cancers, dementia and rare adrenal diseases. When Social Security Administration employees process applications for these conditions, they are able to contact medical professionals to verify the information and then make a quick decision to approve or reject the application. With other conditions that are not on the list, employees may have to do more research on whether the applicant meets the criteria for benefits. The condition list is consistently updated using information and input from the National Institutes of Health, Social Security and Disability Determination Service communities, scientific and medical experts and public hearings.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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