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Social Security Adds 13 New Conditions to Fast-Track Program

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Last month the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) added 13 new conditions to its Compassionate Allowances (“CA”) list. Conditions on the CA list – now at 113 total – are those that qualify for fast-track processing through the often slow disability benefits application process. Whereas regular applicants may take up to a year or even longer to begin receiving benefits, applicants with a condition on the CA list can begin receiving benefits in days or months. Over the past 12 months, the SSA was able to quickly approve 60,000 applicants for disability benefits because of the CA program.

The 13 new conditions that the SSA added to the list involve immune system and neurological disorders. The conditions are the following:

  • Malignant Multiple Sclerosis,Paraneoplastic Pemphigus, Multicentric Castleman Disease
    Pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma, Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma, Primary Effusion Lymphoma, Angelman Syndrome, Lewy Body Dementia, Lowe Syndrome, Corticobasal Degeneration ,Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, The ALS/Parkinsonism Dementia Complex

The other conditions on the CA list include rare genetic disorders, certain types of cancer and early-onset Alzheimer’s. Further details on the comprehensive list of conditions that qualify an applicant for the CA program are available from the SSA or a Tulsa SSI lawyer. The SSA periodically holds public forums where it solicits information on whether it should add new conditions to the list.

Have you been able to take advantage of the Compassionate Allowances program to receive disability benefits? How was your experience applying for the program?

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Patients Fast-Tracked for Benefits

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

While most of us associate Alzheimer’s disease with those in their seventies and older, doctors also diagnose a large number of Americans with the mental disease at an earlier age. With about five million in the country suffering from Alzheimer’s, 500,000 of them suffer from the rarer early-onset Alzheimer’s. The early-onset version strikes Americans in their 50s, although diagnoses in the 30s and 40s have occurred.

About a year and half ago the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) made the move to place early-onset Alzheimer’s disease on its Compassionate Allowances list of afflictions that qualify for fast-tracked movement through the disability process. The media has paid more attention to early-onset Alzheimer’s after famed women’s basketball coach Pat Summit at Tennessee announced last month that doctors had diagnosed her with it.

People suffering from diseases like early-onset Alzheimer’s usually cannot afford to wait to begin receiving disability benefits. While regular Alzheimer’s patients may have 10 to 15 years until they become entirely disabled, early-onset sufferers experience symptoms much quicker and may be completely disabled after just five years. Additionally, because early-onset sufferers are younger, they usually have children and a family to support at that stage of their lives.

Alzheimer’s organizations and patients of the early-onset disease heralded the SSA’s decision. For Alzheimer’s sufferers, benefits available through Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) may be the primary source of financial support. The Compassionate Allowances list is one of the better changes that the SSA has made in recent years to improve the disability process. Those interested in taking advantage of the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances may wish to speak to a Tulsa SSI lawyer.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Social Security Adds Heart Conditions to Fast-Track List

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

In order to fast track disability applicants with particular disabilities, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has a program called Compassionate Allowances, often referred to as CAL. Medical conditions that fall under CAL are so serious that the SSA recognizes their debilitating nature without applicants’ having to provide medical records and expert testimony to the extent that applicants have to for other conditions. Applicants with a condition on the CAL list receive benefits quickly. A Tulsa Social Security disability attorney is available to assist applicants with their disability benefits paperwork.

Started in 2008, CAL initially had 50 rare diseases and has now doubled to 100. In February, the SSA held a public hearing regarding adding cardiovascular conditions to the CAL list. Earlier in July, the SSA officially announced the addition of 12 such conditions to the CAL list, which could benefit many applicants, as cardiovascular conditions are one of the more prevalent kinds in the United States. A list of the new CAL heart conditions, as well as all other ones, is available on the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances website.

Hearings regarding CAL conditions are important and have led to the SSA making it easier for thousands of disability applicants suffering from rare and serious diseases. Past hearings have led to CAL additions regarding brain injuries and stroke, early onset Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, schizophrenia, organ transplants and autoimmune diseases.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Social Security Hosts Compassionate Allowances for Cardiovascular Disease

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

According to the Social Security website, the agency is participating in American Heart Month and educating those who file for monthly disability benefits due to cardiovascular disease.

Social Security held a public Compassionate Allowances hearing on cardiovascular disease. Michael Astrue, Social Security Commissioner and leading experts met to discuss cardiovascular disease and possible methods to identify disability cases and expedite claims for both adults and children.

The Compassionate Allowances is an initiative to speed up the disability evaluation and approval process for those with debilitating and serious conditions, such as heart problems.

Astrue stated that this fiscal year about 150,000 disabled individuals will benefits from a faster disability benefit process. The Commissioner hopes hearings such as this will allow broader categories of disability conditions, which will help determine disability qualifications at a faster pace.

Currently, 88 specific diseases and conditions qualify as Compassionate Allowances. Individuals disabled due to those conditions are categorized in a group that receives disability benefits sooner.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a common cause of disability.