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Compassionate Allowances

The Compassionate Allowances program from the Social Security Administration was started in response to long wait times many Claimants saw after having applied for Social Security disability. The Compassionate Allowances program allows those with certain severe conditions whose disability obviously meets disability standards to quickly navigate the disability process. It is not a separate program from the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs, but just a means for claimants to get approved under those programs faster.

The Social Security Administration selected conditions for the Compassionate Allowances program from a variety of sources including outreach from advocacy groups, the public, counsel from medical and scientific experts, research from the National Institutes of Health, and comments from the Social Security and Disability Determination Services communities. Individuals who have a Compassionate Allowances condition simply apply using the same standard application process for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income. The Social Security Administration will then expedite the application of those with a Compassionate Allowances condition.

Some of the conditions that qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program include: Acute Leukemia, Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Adult Onset Huntington Disease, Esophageal Cancer, ALS/Parkinsonism Dementia Complex, Aplastic Anemia, Child Lymphoma, Child Neuroblastoma, Gallbladder Cancer, Heart Transplant Wait List 1A/1B, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and Pancreatic Cancer. For a full list of Compassionate Allowances conditions, visit Social Security’s website: https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm.

For more information on the Compassionate Allowances program, contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. today at 251-343-1111 for a free case evaluation. Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. represents Social Security disability claimants in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana at all levels of the disability process from initial application to appeals to Federal Court.

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