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Compassionate Allowances

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an obligation. What is that obligation we are hinting towards, you may wonder? Well, it's quite simple. If an applicant's condition is so serious that they obviously meet disability standards, the SSA has the obligation to provide benefits...quickly.

According to the SSA, "compassionate allowances are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions and that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information. Compassionate allowances allow Social Security to quickly target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly."

The Commissioner of Social Security, Michael J. Astrue, has held numerous Compassionate Allowance public outreach meetings over the past few years. Discussions have been held regarding disabilities such as rare diseases, cancer, traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, early-onset Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, schizophrenia, and cardiovascular disease. The most recent public outreach meeting, held on March 16, 2011, opened the discussion of compassionate allowances with regard to autoimmune diseases.

Compassionate allowance cases are very similar in nature to terminal illness claims-however, not all compassionate allowance claims will involve a terminal illness. For example, an individual with a spinal cord injury may qualify as a compassionate allowance, even if they are expected to live a long life.

While their obligation may be quite simple, it doesn't necessarily mean the process is also simple. In fact, the criterion to have a claim designated as compassionate allowance is strict. That's where we come in. We'll deal with the government; you have enough to worry about. Currently, the SSA's list of compassionate allowance conditions holds just under 100 listings. We don't expect you to know if you meet one of those listing, that's our job. And, since we're here to do things Better and Nicer, you can be assured we'll help your case get on the right track to a compassionate allowance listing, if the criteria are met.

If you have any questions or concerns regard compassionate allowances, please feel free to leave a comment!

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