Many people applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits are already out of the work force. These benefits carry a lot of value to disabled individuals as they can be a life line to many. Waiting for a decision to be made can be a lengthy process, but for some with severe disabling conditions, they may be able to get a response sooner.
The program was created to ensure individuals with severe disabilities are granted a decision on their case within days rather than the standard time. When someone applies for disability benefits, the typical time frame for an application to be awarded or denied is several months.
To be eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program, Social Security must identify that the applicant’s disease or condition meets their standard for disability. The program identifies claims when people apply for disability, by using new technology that can easily identify potential Compassionate Allowances so a quicker decision can be made.
Social Security selects Compassionate Allowances by using the information they receive from public outreach hearings and the counsel of medical and scientific experts. The list of Compassionate Allowances are disabilities that include but are not limited to various cancers, diseases and syndromes.
Today there are 225 total Compassionate Allowances. To see the 25 new Compassionate Allowances visit. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/news.htm