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Social Security Announces New Compassionate Allowances: Speed Up Your Disability Claim!

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

On July 14, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced an updated list of Compassionate Allowances Listings, bringing the total number of conditions that could qualify disabled applicants for benefits to 100. The 12 added allowances all deal with severe heart problems.

Compassionate Allowances Listings is a program begun by the SSA in 2008 with just 50 qualifying conditions, a number that has doubled with the most recent additions. The program is designed to help people suffering from more severe disabling conditions to expedite their claims process. Waiting periods for benefits approval can normally take from several months up to years. For some, this is just too long.

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, said, "We have reached a significant milestone for the Compassionate Allowances program. We have an obligation to award benefits quickly to people whose medical conditions are so serious they clearly meet our disability standards." It is now possible to qualify in less than a month.

The medical conditions in the Compassionate Allowances Listings are among those in the Listing of Impairments. Because these 100 conditions almost always qualify, listing them separately can greatly improve the ability of the SSA disability program to fast track claimants in need of immediate aid.

In combination with the Quick Disability Determination program, the Compassionate Allowances program hopes to speed up the claim process for 150,000 applicants this year, up from 100,000 last year. If you or a family member needs more information about this important program, visit the SSA link below and/or contact Keefe Disability Law by calling toll free 888-904-6847.

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