About the Compassionate Allowance Program
The Social Security Administration has an obligation to provide much needed
benefits quickly to those applicants whose medical conditions are so severe
that they obviously meet the disability standards.
Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are Social Security's way of expediently
identifying a disease or other medical condition that would invariably
qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal information.
The Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security to address the most
obviously disabled individuals for necessary allowances based on the medical
information they can obtain quickly. Compassionate Allowances is not a
separate program from Social Security Disability Insurance or the Supplemental
Security Income Program.
According to the Social Security Administration, CAL conditions are selected
based on information they received from public outreach hearings, counsel
from medical and scientific experts, comments received from the Social
Security and Disability Determination Services administrators, as well
as their own research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Furthermore,
the Social Security Administration also considers which conditions are
most inclined to meet their current definition of a disability. "Disability"
under Social Security is entirely based on your inability to work.
Social Security considers a person disabled if:
- The person cannot do the work they performed before;
- If Social Security decides the person cannot adjust to other work because
of their medical condition; and
- The person's disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least
a year or result in death.
Social Security has held seven Compassionate Allowances hearings; these
hearings were on rare diseases, cancers, and traumatic brain injuries
(TBI), stroke, early-onset Alzheimer's disease and related dementias,
as well as schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases,
and multiple organ transplants.
Does your medical condition qualify under CAL?
The Social Security program is not only complex, but it can take from three
to five months for the application process and up to 75% of those, get
denied. If you are currently afflicted with a serious disease or medical
condition that may qualify under the Compassionate Allowances program,
then you may be entitled to receive benefits much sooner. If you believe
that your medical condition qualifies you, I urge you to
contact me, your Arkansas Social Security Disability attorney at my firm, the Law
Office of Mike Angel right away.
I gladly offer a free case evaluation where we can go over your medical
condition and determine the best course of action to take. I understand
how daunting the process is as well as how important it is that you receive
the benefits you need. Please contact me today.