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What is a compassionate allowance for Social Security benefits?

On Behalf of | Sep 4, 2020 | Social Security Disability

People who are unable to work because of a disability often count on the benefit programs that are administered by the Social Security Administration. While it’s easy to assume that these benefits would be provided in a reasonable time, the process for being approved for them is often very slow. In fact, 110,000 died while waiting for an appeal decision from 2008 to 2019.

Some individuals might be able to get the process done a bit faster if they have a condition that’s listed on the Compassionate Allowances list. These are conditions that automatically qualify individuals for the benefits. These conditions are often ones that are likely to claim the life of the person relatively quickly.

Technology allows the agency to check applications for the conditions on this list so the applicants can receive a faster decision about their case. Because of this, it’s important that anyone who’s applying for benefits ensure that all their disabling conditions are clearly listed.

New conditions are added to the list of Compassionate Allowances on a regular basis. This is based on information from a variety of sources. Checking the list that’s available on the SSA website before you file might help you to find out if you have a condition that currently qualifies for this initiative.

For people who don’t have a condition on the list, the application process is usually discouragingly slow. Ensuring that you have everything in order on your application and any appeals you file is important. This might help your case to move through the process a little faster since they may not have to request information from you.