U.S. population trends indicate more people are going to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and it’s important that people know they can receive their Social Security disability benefits faster through the Compassionate Allowances program.
Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) February 20, 2012
The federal government plans to make $50 million available immediately for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s disease research, reflecting the urgency in combatting the disease and providing a reminder that those with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease now can benefit from fast-track evaluation for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare plan selection services.
An additional $80 million for Alzheimer’s research also is planned for 2013, as announced recently by the White House. Some 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. The new funding follows the National Alzheimer’s Project Act of January 2011 that called for an aggressive and coordinated national Alzheimer’s disease plan. The Social Security Administration (SSA) also added early-onset Alzheimer’s disease to its Compassionate Allowances program, a list of conditions that qualify for accelerated, or fast-track, processing for Social Security disability benefits.
“It’s important to Alzheimer’s disease sufferers that federal programs are taking into account the ravages of this disease, especially when it’s detected early, including the impact it can have on younger Alzheimer's patients who are forced to quit working because of the disease,” said David Bueltemann, Allsup manager of senior claimant representatives. “U.S. population trends indicate more people are going to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and it’s important that people know they can receive their Social Security disability benefits faster through the Compassionate Allowances program.”
Social Security Disability Insurance is a federally mandated disability insurance program overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a disability (injury, illness or condition) that is expected to last for more than 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible.
Seeking Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security disability benefits may be especially important to people with early-onset Alzheimer’s, a rapidly advancing type of the disease that can develop as early as age 30, Bueltemann said.
He also offers the following guidance for those seeking Social Security disability benefits, whether they have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease or another severe impairment that will keep them out of the work force for a year or more.
First, apply for Social Security disability early because the disability determination and review process can be lengthy, especially if someone’s initial claim is denied. The Compassionate Allowances program is specifically designed for faster benefits to help those who clearly meet SSDI eligibility requirements, Bueltemann said. “However, each person’s situation is unique, so it’s important not to delay and to be well-prepared for the SSDI process.”
Secondly, compile and keep copies of medical records. Medical documentation and physician support is extremely critical to anyone’s claim for Social Security disability benefits. “Finding the right disability representative to help you through the SSDI process also can make a big difference, Bueltemann said.
Nearly 1.8 million people are waiting to learn if they will receive Social Security disability benefits that they earned while they were working. Newcomers to the cumbersome application process may not be fully aware of their options when seeking help.
“With expert help such as Allsup, you not only increase your chances of receiving Social Security disability benefits, you also may be able to shorten the length of time between applying and receiving those benefits,” Bueltemann added.
Find more resources for people with disabilities and answers to questions about Social Security Disability Insurance benefits at http://www.allsup.com. If you think you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, contact Allsup’s Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 678-3276.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. Visit http://www.Allsup.com or connect with Allsup at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.