Social Security Disability Program Expands Fast-Track Initiative

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Fifty-two new conditions added to Compassionate Allowances program next week; Allsup explains importance of representation when seeking SSDI benefits

“Disability applicants who qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program often receive Social Security benefits in just a couple of weeks.”

On Monday, Aug. 13, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will expand the number of health conditions qualifying for fast-track approval to 165. That’s good news for thousands of people whose conditions clearly meet the qualifications to receive Social Security disability benefits, according to Allsup, which has helped thousands of people to receive their Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI) benefits.

Earlier this year, the SSA reported plans to expand the Compassionate Allowances program by adding 52 conditions to the list of diseases that clearly meet the statutory standard for disability. The SSA has worked with the National Institutes of Health on this initiative.

“A small percentage of more than 3 million Social Security disability applications will fall under the Compassionate Allowances program, but there are important benefits,” said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of claims at Allsup. “Disability applicants who qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program often receive Social Security benefits in just a couple of weeks.”

Visit for a complete list of Compassionate Allowances conditions. For information on qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, call (800) 678-3276.

SSDI is a federally mandated disability insurance program overseen by the SSA that operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Income (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 severe disability expected to last for more than 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible.

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There are a number of benefits to seeking SSDI representation for people with severe disabilities. This can be true even for those who may qualify for the SSA’s fast-track initiatives, Stein said.

“Your claim is one of thousands—really hundreds of thousands—the SSA will receive. You will benefit by having an advocate, such as Allsup, represent you when dealing with the SSA,” Stein said.

Allsup representatives also help Social Security disability claimants with their applications and appeals. “We help you complete the proper documentation and ensure the necessary medical and work history are provided to the SSA,” Stein explained.

Not all disability claims alleged with Compassionate Allowances conditions will be selected for the process. “But with an Allsup representative, your claim will be flagged as a Compassionate Allowances claim, ensuring that SSA workers realize the claim should be quickly reviewed for Social Security benefits,” Stein said.

Created in 2008, the Compassionate Allowances program quickly identifies Social Security disability claims that clearly qualify for benefits based on a predetermined list of diseases and conditions.

“No matter your condition, it’s important to remember the SSA has strict application and disability criteria for receiving Social Security benefits,” Stein said. “Applicants still face the difficulty of compiling complete medical histories, providing documentation and other information the SSA requires.”

For more information about eligibility 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. For more information, go to or visit Allsup on Facebook at

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