Social Security Announces New “Compassionate Allowances” Conditions for Disability
The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) program, which provides disability benefits to many Americans who can no longer work to support themselves and who meet certain requirements.
For some of those who apply for SSD benefits, their condition is so severe that the wait for benefits approval can be difficult or impossible. For these individuals, the SSA maintains a “Compassionate Allowances” list. The Compassionate Allowances list names those medical conditions that entitle a person to immediate approval of an application for SSD benefits.
In early December 2012, the SSA updated the Compassionate Allowances list to include 35 additional medical conditions. Many of the additions fall into one of three categories. They include genetic conditions, congenital medical conditions, and several types of cancer, including cancers typically experienced in childhood. They also include several neurological conditions.
Ordinarily, the SSA requires a person to face a physical or mental condition that will last at least one year and/or result in the person’s death in order to qualify for SSD benefits. The conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list meet these conditions, and are also known to be so severe that they impair the person who has them from doing many or all types of work.
Individuals who have disabling conditions that don’t appear on the Compassionate Allowances list may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Their applications will be considered more fully by the SSA. Any person applying for SSD benefits may enlist the help of a skilled attorney for assistance in obtaining benefits.
If you’re applying for disability benefits for the first time or fighting a denial or reduction of benefits, the SSD benefits attorneys in Missouri at Page Law can help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 to learn more.