According to the Asbury Park Press, early Alzheimer’s falls under the prospect of Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances. Compassionate Allowances is the federal government’s way to quickly provide Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for medical conditions that are extremely serious and their conditions meet an obvious disability. The specialized purview is an obligation to qualify individuals under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information that can be obtained quickly.
If your spouse is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, you should file for Social Security Disability insurance benefits, including filling out the Adult Disability Report. The disability application starts your spouse’s claim for benefits, while the disability report provides the Social Security Administration with your spouse’s current condition. Claims that fall under Compassionate Allowances conditions are expedited and processed sometimes in a matter of days rather than months and years other disability claims can take.
Some of the other medical conditions included in the Compassionate Allowances list include Acute Leukemia, Bone Cancer with distant metastases or if inoperable, Esophageal Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer.
Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are paid to qualified individuals who have worked for enough years and have a debilitating condition such as Alzheimer’s that will keep them out of the workforce forever. The SSA pays out SSDI benefits monthly and serves as entry to Medicare benefits for those under the age of 65.
Supplemental Security Income benefits are paid monthly to qualified individuals who are aged, blind, disabled or have limited income and resources. SSI benefits are not based on prior work experiences and individuals with Alzheimer’s can receive both SSI and SSDI benefits.