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What Types Of Medical Conditions Are Included In The Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowance Initiative



The Social Security Compassionate Allowance Initiative was designed to expedite the acceptance of SSD payments to individuals with acute, severe conditions who need benefits as quickly as possible for medical treatment. As of 2012, there are 165 medical conditions included in the Compassionate Allowance Initiative, with 52 of those 165 not applicable until August 12, 2012.

How Does Compassionate Allowance Work

If you have a condition included in Compassionate Allowance, or CAL, your doctor will indicate that condition in the application you send for SSD benefits. Consult with a social security disability attorney for assistance in putting together your SSD benefit application. SSD will see that you have listed one of the covered conditions and will work to expedite your application.

While SSD benefits are normally approved within 120 days following receipt of the application, if your condition is listed under CAL, benefits will be approved within a few weeks.

Types of Conditions Included in CAL

The conditions in Compassionate Allowance fall under several categories, including:

  • Acute Cancers
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Rare, Fatal Diseases
  • Immune System Conditions
  • Acute Congenital Conditions

Other conditions are obviously included, but with 165 total conditions, they can't be listed. In 2012, many child-specific and elderly-specific conditions were added to the CAL roster, allowing the most fragile among us suffering from acute diseases to get expedited benefits. Look at the CAL Initial List of Conditions to see if your condition qualifies for Compassionate Allowance.

Qualities Determining CAL Inclusion

Compassionate Allowance was developed in 2008 on the recommendation of a panel of doctors concerned that patients in dire need were unable to receive expedited treatment due to bureaucratic holdups in the Social Security Administration. To be included on the CAL list, a condition needs to require immediate care, it needs to be easily and objectively identifiable, and it must be medically severe.

In 2008, only 52 conditions were included in CAL. Because of the level of manpower required to expedite forms, only select conditions are kept on the list. Nevertheless, many medical professionals agree that CAL is a necessary part of government-sponsored medical assistance. For help applying for expedited SSD benefits, contact a social security disability lawyer today!

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