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The SSD Compassionate Allowances program: What is it?

A great many people who file for government disability benefits arguably cannot wait. That is, they have a truly debilitating mental condition or physical illness or injury for which they require immediate help. Put another way, any delay in eligibility confirmation and approval of benefits works an extreme hardship on them, as well as the caregivers who often make great sacrifices to step in and help them.

That above description applies to legions of claimants who file for Social Security Disability benefits in Wisconsin and nationally. They have worked for years paying into the system and, when incapacitating illness or injury strikes them, they duly call upon the government for support through a program that they have paid into.

Most people never file for SSD benefits, but the vast majority of those who make claims invariably have a compelling reason for doing so, coupled with a documented condition that has been medically recognized as sufficiently disabling to qualify for them.

As true as that is generally for SSD applicants, one class of claimants stands out as singularly needy, namely, persons who have conditions that are flatly life-threatening and that could result in death within a relatively short time.

Earned government disability benefits are of negligible or no value if they are slowly processed when time is of the essence. A terminally ill person could easily die within the typical processing period of many months -- and sometimes years -- that precedes ultimate benefits approval for most claimants.

To preclude such a cruel and unfair result, the Social Security Administration has long had a program called Compassionate Allowances pursuant to which some claims are expedited. The list of serious disabilities that qualify for so-called “fast track” processing now numbers 225. It has been added to twice in recent months.

Information on the Compassionate Allowances program, the disabilities enumerated under its provisions and the qualifying process can be promptly obtained from an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer. A proven disability attorney can also help expedite the filing process for a claimant.

Source:, "Elder law: Expanded Compassionate Allowances list reduces SSA applicant wait time," Wesley E. Wright and Molly Dear Abshire, April 14, 2014  

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