Twelve new conditions were added to the compassionate allowances program on August 15, 2022. The compassionate allowances program now has 266 conditions that qualify for expedited claims approval with the proper medical evidence and supporting documentation. If you have a condition on the CAL, you can access disability benefits much more quickly.
What Conditions Were Added to The Compassionate Allowances List?
There were 12 conditions added to the compassionate allowances list (CAL). Here are the added conditions:
- Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma
- Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm
- Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease
- Microvillus Inclusion Disease – Child
- Mowat-Wilson Syndrome
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts
- NUT Carcinoma
- Pfeiffer Syndrome - Types II and III
- Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia
- Posterior Cortical Atrophy
- Renal Amyloidosis – AL Type
- Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma
You will need to provide medical documentation confirming the diagnosis, such as the results of any applicable tests along with the doctor’s detailed report or a letter from your treating physician. Your claim may be denied without supporting documentation.
What Is the Compassionate Allowances List?
The CAL is a way to quickly identify medical conditions that meet the SSA’s standards for disability claims approval. Conditions on the list include adult brain disorders, certain cancers, and some rare disorders that affect children. It helps reduce the waiting time for a disability claim to be approved for those claimants with the most serious medical conditions.
With the proper documentation, a disability claim for a condition on the CAL can be approved within a matter of weeks rather than months. That way, you can access your monthly benefits more quickly and they can be used to help cover your living expenses and the costs of medical care.
How Do I File a Claim With a Compassionate Allowance?
There are many ways to get a disability claim underway. You can go online to the SSA’s website. When you file your claim online, it will be reviewed electronically. By using state-of-the-art technology, potential CAL claims are identified so they can be processed faster.
Social Security has Health IT that brings the efficiency and speed of accessing electronic medical records to the claims process. Electronic medical records transmission allows for the faster access to medical records so they can be reviewed more quickly, and a decision can be rendered.
You can also call 1-800-772-1213 to speak with a representative and get your claim underway. You can also call the toll-free number to schedule an appointment at your local SSA field office.
Get Help From a Disability Attorney
If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, you should consider enlisting the assistance of a disability lawyer. Data from the SSA shows that claimants represented by an attorney may be more likely to be awarded disability benefits.
Disability lawyers take cases on a contingency basis, so you do not have to pay anything upfront. Instead, your lawyer is only paid when your claim is approved, and you are awarded disability benefits. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to share details about your disability claim with an independent, participating attorney who subscribes to the website.