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Tulsa Disability Attorney: The History of Compassionate Allowances

On Monday we discussed the number of new conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is adding to its “Compassionate Allowances,” list, including diseases like childhood cancers and degenerative illnesses. The Compassionate Allowances program was begun in 2008, following a yearlong study of the SSA’s history of awarding disability benefits to people with serious but rare conditions. The SSA found that the average waiting period, which can be up to two years, was much too long for these people. Their conditions often progressed rapidly, and many people had passed away by the time their approval for benefits had come through. According to an article in The Oregonian, the SSA found that when it came to patients with these rare diseases, the agency found that it had “mishandled” about 40 percent of cases. One condition in the study was ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative condition that attacks…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney Discusses Additions to the Compassionate Allowances List

On December 6, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it added 35 medical conditions to its list of “Compassionate Allowances,” meaning that evaluators may be able to “fast-track” applications for people suffering from those conditions. This list allows people suffering from these conditions to receive their application decision and begin receiving disability benefits in a much shorter amount of time. With these additions, the Compassionate Allowance now contains 200 serious medical conditions. The SSA’s press release about the addition stated that these people can “receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years.” These conditions are typically so severe that the SSA does not need to evaluate the applicant’s work or medical history to make its decision. Of the 35 conditions added, many of them are cancers, particularly those affecting children. These disabling illnesses include: Adult non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Child T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Dravet Syndrome Sinonasal Cancer Aplastic…
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Receiving SSI Benefits While Your App is Pending

This week’s posts have discussed several of the ways that Social Security makes it easier for disability applicants with particular medical conditions. Compassionate Allowances, TERI and QDD are three such programs that speed up the disability benefits process for disabled Americans. Another fast track program is for presumptive disabilities. In the case of presumptive disability (“PD”) or presumptive blindness (“PB”), Social Security pays benefits before it reaches a decision on your case. You may be able to receive SSI benefits immediately through PD or PB if you have one of the following conditions (a fuller list is available on the presumptive disability page of Social Security’s site): amputation of a leg at the hip total deafness total blindness immobility due to a longstanding condition severe mental deficiency underweight child HIV or AIDS In some cases, Social Security is even able to make an emergency advance payment for PD or PB…
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