When you have a disability, illness or condition that is serious enough that it keeps you from making a living, you may look to the government to help you. Social Security Disability Insurance is a type of benefit available to those who have certain particularly debilitating disabilities or conditions. However, sometimes, the application process for these benefits proves long, tedious and complicated.
However, you may be able to have your claim undergo faster processing than it would otherwise if your condition falls within the guidelines of the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program.
The Compassionate Allowances program
The Compassionate Allowances program is in place to help those who have the most severe conditions and disabilities gain access to benefits faster. The SSA keeps a list of qualifying conditions on its website. Right now, there are more than 250 conditions that may fast-track your SSDI claim. If you have a condition that appears on the list, you do not need to do anything special when applying to request a faster review. Instead, it happens automatically.
Compassionate Allowances program conditions
Many illnesses appear on the SSA’s Compassionate Allowance database. Some of them include certain rare genetic disorders, immune system conditions, neurogenerative disorders and some fast-moving cancers. Certain types of adrenal cancer also make the list. So, too, does gallbladder cancer, some types of bladder and breast cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer and some head and neck cancers, among others.
Try not to feel down if the SSA rejects your initial application for SSDI benefits, as this is not uncommon. Many denied applicants find success at a later date after navigating their way through the SSDI appeals process.