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What is a compassionate allowance?

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2023 | Social Security Disability (SSD)

People who need to count on Social Security programs to make ends meet usually have to go through a lengthy approval process. For some people, their condition is so severe that they might not live long enough to actually see the benefits they’re due.

The Social Security Administration has the compassionate allowances list, which is a list of conditions that are fast-tracked through the review process. This means that individuals who have conditions on the list can receive benefits faster than those who have to go through the standard application process.

How does the SSA know if a person has a listed condition?

Applicants for SSA programs must list their qualifying medical conditions. The system will automatically pick out applications that have a condition on the list. This initiates the fast-track process. Including a condition that’s on the compassionate allowances list means you should provide medical documentation to show that you have a valid diagnosis.

The conditions on the compassionate allowances list are updated frequently. The public can suggest new conditions and then the SSA vets those out. Some of the conditions currently on the list include, Kleefstra syndrome, pancreatic cancer and acute leukemia.

Anyone who’s facing a life-changing condition should ensure they apply for the benefits they need. If the condition is one that’s on the compassionate allowances list, approval might not be as challenging. Others should ensure they have someone on their side who understands the ins and outs of the approval process so they have the help they need if they have to appeal or need to handle anything else related to their claim.