Pennsylvania residents who suffer from conditions that render them unable to work are often relying on Social Security benefits to get by from month to month. Claims for Social Security disability benefits typically take between three and five months for processing to be finalized. This is considerably longer than the processing time for other Social Security claims.
However, there is a program called the Compassionate Allowances that covers the most severe disabilities. This program’s processing period takes only days and not months to finalize. In 2014, 12 types of cancer were included in the Compassionate Allowances list. This includes prostate cancer that has metastasized to the organs and bones of the patient, along with recurrent prostate cancer. Immune system, neurological and digestive disorders were also included in the list.
Beneficiaries who have paid taxes for Social Security while working for a specified time will qualify for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance. The Supplemental Social Security Income program bases payments on the financial needs of the applicant. The agency reported that new conditions are added annually and said that approximately 200,000 sufferers of severe disabilities have been approved as of April.
Pennsylvania people may feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the process of registering for disability benefits, or they may be handicapped by their disability. If already registered for the program, these individuals may have difficulty receiving the necessary compensation. It may be comforting to know that help is available in their pursuance to receive full and fair compensation of any Social Security benefits that they are entitled to.
Source: blog.chron.com, “Prostate cancer added to disability benefits fast-track list“, Cindy George, April 21, 2014