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What are compassionate allowances in Social Security?

The Social Security Administration recognizes several medical conditions as meeting the requirements to be found disabled. These medical conditions are listed on the Social Security website under the Compassionate Allowance Listings link.

Medical conditions that make the list are considered to be so severe in nature that the Administration allows these claims to be expedited. Fortunately, individuals suffering from one of these medical conditions generally do not have to wait long for a decision on their disability claim. These claims can be adjudicated within weeks of the initial application or within weeks of a diagnosis that is on the list if the individual has already applied.

So how does a medical condition make the Social Security Compassionate Allowance List? The Administration, medical experts, disability adjudicators and the National Institute of Health will hold public Outreach Hearings in order discuss medical findings on conditions being considered. The hearings discuss the residual effects of the condition and when they are generally expected to begin. The residual effects of the medical conditions on this list are typically present for all of those who are diagnosed. If severe symptoms are only expected for a small percentage of those diagnosed, the medical condition is not likely to make the list.

If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition on the list, the Administration will automatically flag your claim. Medical evidence will be requested from your medical provider(s) documenting the diagnosis. A decision will be rendered shortly after your medical records has confirmed the condition.

You should be advised that the date your disability began is not always the date you were diagnosed with the medical condition on the compassionate allowance list. Be certain to read your decision letter. If you experienced significant limitations prior to your actual diagnosis, you may be eligible for additional benefits. It is very common to be awarded back to the date of your diagnosis rather than when your limitations started.

If you wish to learn more about the compassionate allowance listings or have questions regarding your claim, please feel free to contact our office at 1-877-536-3457. One of our representatives will be more than happy to speak with you. Additional information can also be found by clicking here.

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