Having a severe medical condition can make it tough to get the disability benefits you need. This is especially true if you need the benefits quickly. But don’t worry – the Social Security Administration (SSA) understands this and has created a program to help.
What is the Compassionate Allowances Program?
In 2008, the SSA created the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program in response to criticism about the slow processing of certain benefits claims, especially for those with severe medical conditions who needed more support than others. The delay left many people without the financial aid they needed. That’s why the CAL was created: to assist those with special cases who need financial support quickly. However, it’s only available for those with qualifying severe medical conditions.
Medical conditions that qualify for the program
To qualify for CAL, simply let Social Security know you have a medical condition that allows for the program. They will decide your eligibility based on your medical condition. Plus, if it’s included on their list of qualifying conditions. This list includes certain medical conditions that are so severe that they may make it difficult for you to walk the process on your own. Examples of these conditions include:
- Acute leukemia
- Adrenal cancer
- Alexander disease (ALX) – Neonatal and Infantile
- Alpha-mannosidosis – Type II and III
- Alstrom syndrome
- Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer – Stage IV
- Aortic atresia – Type 1
- Apert syndrome
The SSA looks at all types of severe disabilities. But your condition may be missing from their list. If that’s the case, you may ask them to include it at occasional hearings or on their website. As for applying for disability benefits, you may do so online, by phone or, if possible, in person at your local Social Security office.
Understandably, there may be limitations due to your medical condition. If you struggle to handle the disability benefits application process independently, don’t hesitate to seek help through CAL.