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Social Security Expands Its Compassionate Allowance Program

If you are suffering from a very serious medical condition, you need your Social Security Disability benefits fast. But it is no secret that the Social Security Disability process can be a very long, tedious, and technical process. In Georgia, it takes an average of 24 months from the time you apply for Social Security Disability to the time you get to appear before an Administrative Law Judge to prove your case. This lag time can be detrimental if you are suffering from poor health, are not able to work, and cannot afford health insurance and medical care.

Under the Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program, the Social Security Administration is obligated to quickly award Social Security Disability benefits to claimants with certain severe medical conditions. These conditions are deemed so severe that, just by the nature of the medical diagnosis, the conditions meet the definition of disability. The Compassionate Allowances list includes hundreds of conditions, such as pancreatic cancer, ALS, and acute leukemia. Social Security recently added five more conditions to the list: Fibrolamellar Cancer, Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMIHS), Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation Syndrome (MCAP), Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System, and Tetrasomy 18p.

Rather than waiting months or years to gain disability benefits, under CAL, claimants may receive Social Security disability benefits within weeks. However, this fast-tracked process may be affected by the time it takes Social Security to obtain your medical records as well as a medical statement from your doctor or a medical examiner.  You may want to contact your medical providers to let them know that you are going through this process and need their immediate attention to any requests from the Social Security Administration.  Additionally, Social Security selects some claimants for a quality review which can also delay the Compassionate Allowance process.

If you have additional questions about Compassionate Allowances, or if you need help with your disability case, you can contact The Khaki Law Firm by calling (678) 798-8097 or reaching out via our website.

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