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What is “compassionate allowance”?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2019 | Social Security Disability |

When our readers think of a serious illness, they probably think of a person being diagnosed suddenly then going through a long battle with treatment. However, in some cases, the condition is so severe that a person does not have a long fight, as they may not have much time. A sudden diagnosis of a serious medical condition can impact individuals in Ohio and elsewhere in more than a few ways. While a person’s health is depreciating, it can be difficult and likely impossible to work. This can add to an already challenging time where medical bills are accumulating. This is where a “compassionate allowance” can come into play.

What is compassionate allowance? The Social Security Administration designed this program to help streamline the approval process for those living with serious medical conditions. These conditions are so severe that they meet the SSA’s standard and definition of disability, allowing them to secure Social Security Disability benefits. Because it is clear that these applicants have a disease or condition that clearly meets the definition, the wait time can be significantly reduced in these maters.

For many, the waiting period when applying for SSD benefits can be overwhelming. Many wait a year or more to be approved for these benefits. For those who may not have a year, the compassionate allowance program not only identifies this, it helps these applicants timely obtain the disability benefits they require to address their basic living needs.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be both an important and difficult step to take. Individuals may be hesitant about applying because they are fearful of being denied. However, by becoming more informed of the process and their eligibility, applicants can take advantage of this information to obtain the benefits they are entitled to.