The Compassionate Allowances Program

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Angela Davis-Morris

Social Security disability benefits are available to individuals who have a physical or mental condition that makes work extremely difficult, if not impossible. However, the application process can be a lengthy one, and for some individuals, their condition is so bad they have no time to lose. This is why Social Security established the Compassionate Allowances program.

Compassionate Allowances, or CAL, identifies medical conditions that always qualify under its List of Impairments based on minimal information. Therefore, the process to obtain benefits is expedited for those suffering from such conditions. Continue reading for answers to common questions regarding Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances.

How are the conditions chosen for the list?

Conditions featured on the List of Impairments are decided upon based on research with the National Institutes of Health, information received from the public and public outreach hearings, outreach to advocacy groups, counsel from medical experts and more. The SSA’s plan is to add new conditions to the list annually.

How does a person with a condition on the CAL list apply for disability?

The application process for individuals with conditions featured on the list is the same as that of SSDI and SSI. The Social Security Administration will expedite applications of those with CAL conditions. You can apply online or in a local office.

How long will it take for the SSA to make a decision?

The length of time it takes to be approved for benefits will depend on a variety of factors, such as how quickly medical evidence is obtained and whether a medical exam will be required. However, while the standard wait can be months or even years, persons with CAL conditions may receive a decision in just a few weeks.

Will a person with a CAL condition receive additional money?

An individual with a condition on the Compassionate Allowances List of Impairments will not be able to receive money above their eligibility under SSDI and/or SSI.

If you have any additional questions about CAL or about Social Security benefits, or would like assistance in the application process, contact the Davis-Morris Law Firm. We have been helping individuals secure the benefits they deserve since 1992.

 

Courtesy of the Social Security Administration

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