The SSA’s Compassionate Allowances Program
The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a list of over 200 conditions that meet the standards of disability qualification and can expedite the application process. This is known as the Compassionate Allowances program (CAL) and serves to quickly identify and approve applications that meet the standard criteria for disability benefits.
Which Conditions Qualify?
Despite being an extensive list, many of the conditions that qualify for CAL are quite common. Cancers and brain disorders frequently appear, as well as rare conditions affecting children. The full list is available for view here.
However, if you find that your condition is severe or rare and not already on the list, the SSA provides a form to submit the name of that condition for consideration. Along with your submission, they will work with medical counsel to make an informed decision on why it should be included and notify you if it qualifies.
Filing for Compassionate Allowances
It's important to note that while CAL may speed up the application acceptance process, automatically qualifying for disability may not be attainable simply by stating that you have a specific condition.
To ensure your best chances at approval, you may find it helpful to work with a Social Security Disability attorney that can help you gather the appropriate medical documentation and other evidence needed to make your case.
Pennsylvania Social Security Disability Attorneys
With over 35 years of combined experience, the team at Rubin & Badame, Attorneys at Law, P.C. understands the unique challenges that can come with applying for disability benefits. No matter what condition you are living with, working with the right attorney can help you through the application and appeals process (if need be).
If you have questions regarding if you qualify, the application process, scheduling a hearing, etcetera, trust the team at Rubin & Badame, Attorneys at Law, P.C.. You can schedule a consultation by calling (610) 595-4917 or filling out this form.