Synopsis: Compassionate allowances list grows as U.S. Social Security expedites decisions to those with serious disabilities. The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant's disease or condition clearly meets Social Security's statutory standard for disability. Compassionate Allowances and Health IT programs are making a real difference by ensuring that Americans with disabilities quickly receive the benefits they need.
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, has just announced three new Compassionate Allowances conditions: CACH Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms, Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, and Kleefstra Syndrome.
Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify serious diseases and other medical conditions that meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits.
"Social Security is committed - now and in the future - to continue to identify and fast-track diseases that are certain or near-certain to be approved for disability benefits," said Acting Commissioner Berryhill.
For other disability cases not covered by the Compassionate Allowances program, Social Security's Health IT program brings the speed and efficiency of electronic medical records to the disability determination process.
When a person applies for disability benefits, Social Security must obtain medical records in order to make an accurate determination. It may take weeks for health care organizations to provide records for the applicant's case. With electronic records transmission, Social Security is able to quickly obtain a claimant's medical information, review it, and make a determination faster than ever before.
"The Compassionate Allowances and Health IT programs are making a real difference by ensuring that Americans with disabilities quickly receive the benefits they need," added Ms. Berryhill.
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