More than 60,000 Social Security disability claimants received fast-track assistance through the Compassionate Allowances program in FY 2011.
Belleville, IL (PRWEB) April 12, 2012
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced 52 new conditions are being added to the Compassionate Allowances program, providing important assistance to individuals whose conditions clearly meet the qualifications required to receive Social Security disability benefits, according to Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company.
Nearly 3 million people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits each year, and those with conditions falling under Compassionate Allowances benefit from this effort to speed their claims through the disability review process, according to Mike Stein, Allsup’s assistant vice president of claims.
“It’s extremely important the SSA continue to expand this fast-track program for those clearly qualified for SSDI benefits as a result of conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list,” Stein said. “This program provides important benefits to people with disabilities, and when it’s combined with expert representation such as Allsup, applicants can receive benefits more quickly and with less stress.”
The conditions added will take effect in August and include a variety of diseases, but primarily cover cancers, rare disease and neurologic disorders. Some of the conditions affect children, who may receive disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
SSDI is a federally mandated disability insurance program that operates separately from the Social Security retirement and 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. Individuals and their employers pay for the federal insurance program through FICA taxes.
More than 60,000 Social Security disability claimants received fast-track assistance through the Compassionate Allowances program in FY 2011, according to the SSA. Each year, between 5 and 6 percent of all initial disability claims qualify for fast-track assistance through the Compassionate Allowances and Quick Disability Determinations programs.
The Compassionate Allowances program was created in 2008 to quickly identify initial disability claims that clearly qualify for Social Security benefits based on a predetermined list of diseases and medical conditions. The SSA also has worked with the National Institutes of Health to research conditions. As a result of this program, many disability claimants can receive their benefits in just a couple of weeks.
According to the SSA, new conditions qualifying under Compassionate Allowances are:
Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site
Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Chondrosarcoma with multimodal therapy
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome-Classic Form
Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma with metastases
Fucosidosis Type 1
Galactosialidosis-Early Infantile Type
Glioma-Grade III and IV
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis
Hypophosphatasia Perinatal Lethal Form
I Cell Disease
Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease
Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease
Kufs Disease Type A and B
Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis Grade III
Malignant Brain-Stem Gliomas-Childhood
Malignant Melanoma with metastases
Mastocytosis Type IV
Medulloblastoma with metastasis
Merkel Cell Carcinoma with metastases
Myoclonic Epilepsy and Ragged-Red Fibers Syndrome
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Classic Form
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Connatal Form
Peripheral Nerve Cancer, metastatic or recurrent
Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata
Schindler Disease Type 1
Spinal Nerve Root Cancer, metastatic or recurrent
The Compassionate Allowances listing now numbers 165 conditions. Find more information about Compassionate Allowances on http://www.Allsup.com.
For those whose disabilities do not fall under the Compassionate Allowances program, there are additional benefits from having an expert such as Allsup to assist with someone’s application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
An SSDI representative can help with the initial application forms, assist with collecting medical records and contacting doctor’s offices, provide expertise in building a claims file that will meet the SSA requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, and follow-up on requests for information with SSA. Allsup SSDI representatives help a majority of their customers to receive benefits more quickly at the initial application level, thus avoiding appeals and the need for a disability hearing.
“As an SSDI advocate, Allsup helps our claimants every step along they way, providing our expertise and even more through our website and special services, to meet the needs of people with disabilities,” Stein said. “Our disability representatives have decades of SSA experience, and we’ve helped tens of thousands of people to receive their Social Security disability benefits more quickly and more easily than if they were on their own.”
For more information about fast-tracking a claim or 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 http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.
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