Social Security Disability benefits can be a huge benefit to Philadelphia residents whose physical or mental condition is so impaired that it prevents them from being able to work.
However, the SSD application process is complex, and that means that qualified applicants often must wait several months before they can start receiving benefits. While this can be frustrating for anyone, it is especially troublesome for people who are clearly and obviously severely disabled. These people may end up experiencing serious hardship if they are made to wait for an application that will almost certainly be approved.
It is for this reason that the Social Security Administration created its Compassionate Allowances program. This program provides an expedited application process for individuals who have a disability that is on the list of qualifying conditions. Recently, the SSA added 35 new conditions to this list, bringing the total number of conditions to 200. Some of the qualifying conditions include the following:
- Adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Adult onset Huntington disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or "Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Aplastic anemia
- Inoperable metastasized bladder cancer
- Inoperable metastasized breast cancer
- Child neuroblastoma
- Congenital lymphedema
- Early-onset Alzheimer's disease
- Ewing sarcoma
- Heart transplant wait list
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Liver cancer
- Pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma
In order to qualify for the program, applicants must show that they have one of the qualifying conditions, and, in some cases, that the condition has progressed to a certain level of severity. In the last four years, approximately 200,000 people have been approved for SSD benefits under the Compassionate Allowances program.
Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph, "Fast-tracked disability process includes 200 medical conditions," Leo Rossler, April 14, 2013.
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