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Do You Qualify For A Compassionate Allowance?

The Compassionate Allowance Initiative is a program intended to hasten the process of applying for Social Security Disability claims for people who have conditions that are likely to be fatal. Initially, only 50 conditions were covered under the program. This included those suffering from aggressive types of cancer and conditions related to dementia. However, the list has since been expanded.

Applying for a compassionate allowance

If you are applying for disability benefits, it is important to indicate all medical conditions that may be contributing to your inability to work. Additionally, if the severity of your condition changes, you may want to update the file.

When applying for a compassionate allowance, your condition must be fully documented by your doctor. Ensure that you have all the proper documentation and medical records, as this will help the people handling your application to expedite the application. No matter how mundane a document may seem to you, always include it in your application. If you have multiple doctors managing your condition(s), make sure to include all the documentation that you received during these visits.

Approval is not guaranteed

Although compassionate allowance applications have a high approval rating, some people do not get their applications automatically approved. It is important to remember that staff at the Social Security Administration is wary of fraudsters, and any inconsistencies may raise red flags. Because the application process can be complicated, it's important to work with an attorney; those who enlist the help of a lawyer are more likely to be successful the first time around.

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