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What is the compassionate allowances list?

| Jul 2, 2021 | Social Security Disability |

Applying for and qualifying for Social Security disability benefits can be both daunting and challenging. For that reason, disabled applicants for disability benefits should be familiar with how to qualify and what the compassionate allowances list is and how it may help them.

What is the compassionate allowance list?

The compassionate allowances list is a list maintained by the Social Security Administration of medical conditions that are considered to qualify for Social Security disability benefits (SSD). Easily identifiable diseases and illnesses that by definition meet the Social Security Administration’s standards to qualify for Social Security disability benefits on the list include certain cancers, adult brain disorders and disorders affecting children.

What does the compassionate allowances list do?

The compassionate allowances list allows for certain diseases and medical conditions to be quickly identified as qualifying for Social Security disability benefits and as meeting the Social Security Administration’s standards for SSD benefits. The compassionate allowances list reduces waiting time for disabled applicants suffering from some of the most serious disabilities so they can receive the benefits they badly need more quickly.

The compassionate allowances list allows for expedited claims processing for Social Security disability benefits. Social Security disability benefits can take a long time to obtain but can be desperately needed by disabled individuals. Most claims for SSD benefits are initially denied and the process of applying for disability benefits, and appealing a denial of benefits, can drag on for a long time.

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, disabled applicants must meet medical and work history requirements. The compassionate allowances list can help them meet the medical requirements to qualify for benefits. Disabled applicants who suffer from medical conditions not on the compassionate allowances list may qualify for Social Security disability benefits based on their medical condition even if it is not on the list. Because of the time-consuming nature of the SSD application process, disabled applicants should be familiar with the different ways to qualify for the disability benefits they need most including through the compassionate allowances list.