Social Security Administration Adds New Compassionate Allowance Conditions
In late 2012, the Social Security Administration (SSA) added 35 new Compassionate Allowance (CAL) conditions, increasing the total number of conditions to 200. CAL conditions include cancers, neurological, immune system, and other disorders. For people who have a condition on the list, Social Security has eliminated the need to fully examine the applicant’s work history to make a decision, as these conditions are severe enough.
About 150,000 claimants each year are able to “fast-track” to the initial claims level because of the Compassionate Allowance and Quick Disability Determination (QDD). Though QDDs occur only at the initial claims level, conditions on the CAL can be raised at any level including hearings, and the Appeals Council.
Click here to view the complete list of Compassionate Allowance conditions.
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