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Expanded Compassionate Allowances for Severe Disabilities - 2021

Published: 2021-08-16
Author: United States Social Security Administration | Contact: ssa.gov

Synopsis: The U.S. Department of Social Security has expanding it's compassionate allowances program for people with severe disabilities thereby expediting decisions for disability benefits. Our Compassionate Allowances program helps us address barriers by helping accelerate the disability application process for people who are likely to get approved for benefits due to the severity of their medical condition. Due to the severe nature of many of these conditions claims are often allowed based on medical confirmation of diagnosis alone; for example, certain cancers, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and some rare disorders that affect children.

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The U.S. Department of Social Security has expanding it's compassionate allowances program for people with severe disabilities thereby expediting decisions for disability benefits

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Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, today announced 12 new Compassionate Allowances conditions:

Compassionate Allowances is an initiative that quickly identifies severe medical conditions and diseases that meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits.

"Everyone who is eligible for benefits under the programs we administer should receive them," said Acting Commissioner Kijakazi. "Our Compassionate Allowances program helps us address barriers by helping accelerate the disability application process for people who are likely to get approved for benefits due to the severity of their medical condition."

The Compassionate Allowances program quickly identifies claims where the applicant's condition or disease clearly meets Social Security's statutory standard for disability. Due to the severe nature of many of these conditions, these claims are often allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone; for example, certain cancers, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and a number of rare disorders that affect children. To date, more than 700,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this accelerated, policy-compliant disability process, which has grown to a total of 254 conditions.

When a person applies for disability benefits, Social Security must obtain medical records in order to make an accurate determination. The agency incorporates leading technology to identify potential Compassionate Allowances cases and make quick decisions. Social Security's Health IT brings the speed and efficiency of electronic medical records to the disability determination process. With electronic records transmission, Social Security is able to quickly obtain a claimant's medical information, review it, and make a fast determination.

For more information about the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowances conditions, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances

Social Security Compassionate Allowance Conditions List (Disabled World).

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