A news release from the Social Security Administration may bring relief to those who are suffering and need disability benefits.
Commissioner of Social Security, Michael J. Astrue, announced that 35 Compassionate Allowances conditions have been added to the fast track disability process. This brings the current number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to 200.
The fast track disability process uses Compassionate Allowances to promptly “identify diseases and medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits”. The program expedites the sometimes lengthy process of receiving benefit decisions. What could take months or years can now be decided in a matter of days.
This progress is noted in the news release issued by the SSA, in which Commissioner Astrue called the addition a milestone for the Compassionate Allowances program. He stated the program has been able to quickly approve close to 200,000 individuals suffering from severe disabilities since it started in October of 2008. He noted that approval typically occurs within just two weeks.
Given the severity of applicants’ medical conditions, work history has been removed from their application process. According to the Social Security Administration, conditions primarily included are “certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children”.