The compassionate allowance program (CAL) allows those with a serious or fatal disease to receive Social Security benefits in as little as two weeks. This accelerated program is a part of the SSI/SSDI division. Applications are completed normally, yet benefits are received much more quickly.
The Social Security Administration acknowledges that those whose health is highly compromised need assistance as soon as they can get it. Therefore, the amount of paperwork required for this application is cut dramatically for the selected few who qualify by removing the work and education history sections. After all, this kind of information is often unnecessary to come to a decision regarding compensation allowance program benefits.
When the SSA created the CAL program in 2008, only 50 conditions met the criteria specified for immediate benefits. Now, the list is comprised of over 200 illnesses that fit the bill.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with one of the included conditions, you may be eligible for this expedited process. Remember, there are no additional rewards received for SSA compensation allowances; only quicker coverage. If you are unsure whether your circumstances qualify you, call our capable legal team at 800-248-1100.
Your application will be flagged and a SSA employee will review your file within days. You must still wait the five months after your disability onset date to begin receiving benefits; however, this is better than having to wait years, as some claimants do. For Medicare, assistance starts 24 months after the onset date.
In some cases – as with cancer – your condition must fulfill one of the following classifications:
Illness is reoccurring and health is deteriorating
Surgery is not beneficial and will not cure the illness
Tumor that is unable to be removed by attempted surgery
Illness has spread to other areas in the body
Your medical records must support your claim, but if you have an illness that is listed on the compensation allowance program list, you will usually qualify for disability benefits automatically although it is not guaranteed. It often takes weeks for the SSA to receive medical records from your doctor, so if you can retrieve them yourself and send them in with your application, you should do so.
Any additional information about your health, such as a biopsy report or lab results, will help support your claim to the compensation allowance. SSA will notify you if it needs more information to process your request, although it will not let you know if you have been flagged for CAL until you receive a final rewards decision. To improve your chances of obtaining the financial support you deserve, consider hiring a disability lawyer that has extensive experience.
If you have any questions about filing for CAL benefits, call us at (800)-248-1100 or click here for more information.