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Social Security Accelerates Decisions for People with Serious Disabilities

The Social Security Administration has made changes to assist in the acceleration of decisions for people with serious disabilities.

The Social Security Administration has made changes to assist in the acceleration of decisions for people with serious disabilities.

The news came last week when Commissioner of Social Security Andew Saul announced four new Compassionate Allowances conditions:

  • CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder
  • Pitt Hopkins Syndrome
  • Primary Peritoneal Cancer
  • Richter Syndrome

Compassionate Allowances is a program to quickly identify severe diseases and medical conditions that meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.

[See the full list of compassionate allowances]

“Social Security’s highest priority is to serve the public and we are committed to ensuring Americans with disabilities receive the benefits they are eligible for,” Commissioner Saul said in a news release. “For over a decade, our Compassionate Allowances program has helped us accelerate the disability process for people who are likely to get approved for benefits due to the severity of their condition.”

The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant’s condition or disease clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability. Due to the severe nature of many of these conditions, these claims are often allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone. The list has grown to a total of 237 conditions, including certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children. To date, more than 600,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this fast-track policy-compliant disability process.

The agency incorporates leading technology to identify potential Compassionate Allowances and make quick decisions. When a person applies for disability benefits, Social Security must obtain medical records in order to make an accurate determination. Social Security’s Health IT brings the speed and efficiency of electronic medical records to the disability determination process. With electronic records transmission, Social Security is able to quickly obtain a claimant’s medical information, review it, and make a determination faster than ever before.

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