Newest Compassionate Allowances Conditions Disability Claimants Should Know


Disabled employees usually find it difficult to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits due to the lengthy process that could take several months. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers Compassionate Allowance Initiative (CAI) that aims to quickly identify disabling conditions that can speedily qualify an applicant for SSDI benefits. Specifically, CAI helps in speeding up the applications for SSDI claims.

One of the common problems an SSDI applicant may experience is the complex and rigid process of SSA in identifying an applicant’s eligibility for the benefits. This common problem is addressed by Compassionate Allowances (CAL). The initiatives can quickly determine diseases and other health conditions that can meet SSA’s definition of “disability”.

CAL assists Social Security to immediately determine the most probable disabled applicant for benefits based on presented medical information. The common medical conditions that CAL indentifies to be obvious disabilities are cancers, brain disorders, and rare diseases of children.

CAL conditions are determined as a result of information and suggestions from:

  • Public outreach hearings
  • Comments from the Social Security and Disability Determination Service communities
  • Counsel of medical experts
  • Research data from the National Institutes of Health

In July 2011, CAI has added these 12 new Compassionate Allowance conditions:

  1. Aortic atresia
  2. Einsenmenger syndrome
  3. Endomyocardial fibrosis
  4. Heart transplant graft failure
  5. Heart transplant wait list
  6. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  7. Left ventricular assist device recipient
  8. Mitral valve atresia
  9. Primary cardiac amyloidosis
  10. Pulmonary atresia
  11. Single ventricle
  12. Tricuspid atresia

    Employees who are applying for disability benefits with any of the listed CAL conditions can have the opportunity for quick SSDI processing. Since 2010, there were at least 100,000 approved SSDI applications due to the assistance of Compassionate Allowance Initiative. With newly determined CAL conditions, SSA expects to approve another 150,000 applicants.

    Disabled employees have the right to acquire Social Security disability benefits. However, the process takes a relatively long time, and there are times when the application is denied. The additional CAL conditions are good news for SSDI employees because they can pave the way for faster process of benefit claims. Nevertheless, applicants can still seek assistance from a disability lawyer who can help them with their initial application.

    In case the initial application is denied by the SSA, concerned applicants can file for an appeal. Denied disability benefits claimants are advised to hire a disability lawyer who can help them in the complicated procedures involved in the appeals process.