The Compassionate Allowances program allows a person to collect Social Security disability payments if they have certain conditions. The Social Security Administration expedites the processing of certain claims, usually the ones with the most severe conditions. These include cancers and terminal illnesses. Those who may be facing a severe illness may want to learn about the CAL program.
Conditions to qualify for Compassionate Allowance Program
People who have certain conditions that are listed in the SSA “blue book” can qualify for Social Security disability. The blue book lists impairments that are serious enough where a person is unable to work. There are hundreds of conditions that qualify for Compassionate Allowances where the applicant’s condition clearly meets the statutory standard. When this is the case, an applicant is able to be quickly approved for Social Security disability.
There are many conditions that qualify for the CAL program and include:
- Certain serious cancers such as leukemia, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and most cancers in a later stage.
- Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease
- Ewing Sarcoma
- Heart transplant wait list
- And many more
An attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability specializes in helping people who need Social Security Disability benefits. They understand that every client is unique and that they may be facing financial hardship because of a disability. They can help their client submit a claim for Social Security Disability or help with an appeal, if necessary. The denial rate on Social Security Disability benefits can be over 60% so having an attorney helping with the paperwork and making sure the application satisfies the SSA’s exacting requirements can be helpful.