Social Security's Compassionate Allowances

Social Security's Compassionate Allowances

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 assurance review.

To learn more about the Compassionate Allowances program, contact a Dallas Social Security Disability attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!