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'Compassionate Allowance' can fast-track SSD benefit applications

When a person in Missouri files for Social Security disability benefits, it is usually because they are suffering from a medical condition that is so debilitating that they can no longer continue working to support themselves. SSD benefits can be the safety net that helps these individuals afford their daily living expenses and medical care. It is important that those who qualify for benefits get the help they need as soon as possible.

For this reason, the Social Security Administration recognizes that some medical conditions are clearly disabling. Therefore, the agency has instituted the "Compassionate Allowance" program. If an applicant for Social Security disability has a condition that falls under the listing in the Compassionate Allowance program, their application for disability benefits will be expedited. This means that the applicant will be awarded disability benefits based simply upon a medical confirmation of their condition. An applicant need not do anything special to be considered for the Compassionate Allowance program.

As of right now, more than 500,000 disabled individuals have received disability benefits through the Compassionate Allowance program. Some examples of conditions found on the Compassionate Allowance list include certain types of cancers, early-onset Alzheimer's disease and malignant multiple sclerosis. The SSA continues to add conditions to the list as needed.

The Compassionate Allowance program is an essential part of getting disabled individuals the benefits they need. Being unable to work due to a serious medical condition can be devastating physically, emotionally and financially. The Compassionate Allowance program is one way to have these individuals' applications fast-tracked, so they can be approved for the benefits they need as quickly as possible.

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