For certain aggressive illnesses or severe injuries, applicants maybe be able to receive benefits in an expedited fashion. The Social Security Administration has a list of conditions for which one may be able to receive a “Compassionate Allowance”. The Compassionate Allowance initiative is intended to help the Social Security Administration reduce the waiting time to reach a disability determination for individuals with the most serious disabilities. Certain illnesses on the Compassionate Allowance List are regarded as so serious that a simple diagnosis of the condition from a doctor automatically qualifies an applicant for benefits. The complete list of Compassionate Allowance conditions is available on the Social Security Administration’s website. There are 200 plus conditions that may entitle you to a compassionate allowance. Applications with proper documentation can be processed and awarded within a month. Moreover, Social Security will consider how long the successful applicant has been disabled and will pay benefits retroactively for the months between when the disability began and when the application was approved, in addition to providing monthly funds going forward.
Although Compassionate Allowances can provide benefits within a very short time of applying, it is important to be aware that there is not an expedite process when it comes to Medicare benefits. Medicare benefits are typically awarded within 24 months after the disability onset date.
It is important to note that there are additional requirements to receive benefits beyond proving medical issues. In order to receive SSDI (or Title II benefits), an individual must have amassed the requisite amount of credits through paying into social security through FICA tax withholdings. Likewise, an individual applying for SSI (or Title XVI benefits) must be within the asset limits. These non-medical issues are explored in greater detail in other blog entries.
If you believe you or someone you know may be entitled to a Compassionate Allowance, it is always a good idea to reach out to an experienced disability attorney or law firm. A disability attorney can help simplify the process for you and make sure that all necessary evidence is properly and promptly submitted to ensure the quickest processing of your claim.