Jump to Navigation

New Diagnoses Added to Social Security Disability Fast-Track List

For most people, applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a lengthy and laborious process. The burden is especially troubling to those who are seriously ill. Many find themselves wondering why - when they are so obviously unable to work - they must spend what precious energy they have wading through seemingly insurmountable stacks of paperwork.

To help solve this problem, the Social Security Administration (SSA) created a program called "Compassionate Allowances." The program allows the SSA to quickly target obviously qualified individuals and fast-track them through the application process. Instead of requiring the claimants to provide extensive medical documentation, the SSA simply contacts their doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

The accelerated benefits are available to individuals diagnosed with one of over 100 qualifying conditions. This summer, the SSA added 12 conditions to the list. They are:

  • Aoretic atresia
  • Eisenmenger syndrome
  • Endomyocardial fibrosis
  • Heart transplant graft failure
  • Heart transplant wait list 1A/1B
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) recipient
  • Mitral valve atresia
  • Primary cardiac amloidosis
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Single ventricle
  • Tricuspid atresia

Most, but not all, of the conditions covered by the Compassionate Allowances program are terminal, rare and hard to treat. Other conditions on the list of qualifying disabilities include acute leukemia, early-onset Alzheimer's disease, pleural mesothelioma and infantile Tay Sachs disease.

Program Drastically Shortens Waiting Time

The Compassionate Allowance program has smoothed the Social Security disability application process so much that its former director, Diane Braunstein, was awarded the 2011 Citizen Services Medal by the Partnership for Public Service. The award is one of the most prestigious distinctions a federal employee can earn.

Ms. Braunstein oversaw the program's development, and under her leadership the SSA was able to reduce the time a claimant must wait for an eligibility decision down to an average of two weeks. Previously, the process took months or even years.

Approximately 45,000 people qualified for the Compassionate Allowance Program in 2010, with an additional 20,000 expected in 2011. The program began in 2008.

Individuals applying for Social Security disability benefits should seek the advice of an experienced Social Security disability attorney who can help plan the best course of action.

Contact our Personal Injury attorney at 917-639-5350 or by email
See All Our Videos HEAR WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US
Defending small businesses against workers’ compensation claims | If you are a small business owner and do not have workers’ comp insurance, We can help. | Click Here to Learn More
The Klein Law Group P.C.

The Klein Law Group, P.C.

New York City Office
The Klein Law Group, P.C.
11 Broadway, Suite 960
New York, NY 10004

Phone: 917-639-5350
Toll Free: 1-877-390-8732
Fax: 212-344-0301
New York Law Office Map

40-42 Main Street, Suite 4D
Flushing, NY 11355
Map and Directions