Are you suffering from a severely debilitating medical condition? The Social
Security Administration (SSA) feels that it has an obligation to rapidly
provide benefits to applicants who are suffering from serious conditions
that obviously meet the SSA’s definition of a “disability.”
Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are the organization’s way of quickly
identifying a medical condition that invariably qualifies under the Listing
of Impairments based on minimal medical documentation.
The Compassionate Allowances allow the SSA to help the most disabled individuals
based on medical information that can be obtained rather rapidly.
Is the CAL program separate from the
Social Security Disability Insurance program? No, it is not. It’s the SSA’s way of identifying
those who need the most help, and ensuring that they get that help as
fast as possible.
How are CAL conditions selected?
The SSA selects CAL conditions based on information received from public
outreach hearings, input from medical and scientific experts, and comments
from the Social Security and Disability Determination Services communities.
They also get information from their research with the National Institutes
of Health (NIH).
To date, the Social Security Administration has held seven Compassionate
Allowances public hearings. The hearings discussed rare diseases, various
types of cancer, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), stroke, Alzheimer’s
disease (early onset) and related dementias.
The hearings also addressed schizophrenia, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular
disease, and multiple organ transplants.
Here are some examples of CAL conditions:
- Acute Leukemia
- Breast Cancer
- Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Batten Disease
- Canavan Disease
- Dravet Syndrome
- Ewing Sarcoma
- Heart Transplant Wait List
- Lowe Syndrome
- Many Types of Cancer
This is only a sampling of the CAL conditions listed, there are dozens more.
Do you have a CAL condition?
For individuals with CAL conditions, they are at an advantage when it comes
to the claims process. They may receive a decision on their claim within
a matter of weeks, rather than having to wait months or years.
How fast a claim is processed depends on how quickly the SSA obtains medical
evidence from a doctor, whether a medical examination is necessary to
support the claim and whether the claim is randomly selected for a quality
To learn more about the Compassionate Allowances program, contact a
Dallas Social Security Disability attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!