What is the Compassionate Allowance Program?

Every year thousands of Americans suffer from debilitating injuries or illnesses that prevent them from returning to work. For these people, the Social Security disability benefits program is available as a safety net to help them go on with their lives.

Unfortunately, the process of applying for SSDI benefits can be time-consuming and full of bureaucratic red tape, and the results can be frustrating, especially for people who are denied their claim on the first attempt.

Who does the Compassionate Allowance Program help?

The Compassionate Allowance Program (CAP) was created for people who suffer from severe, life-threatening injuries or illnesses and have no time to wait around for bureaucracy to runs its course.

The program is designed to expedite the claim process for individuals who are deemed to have one of the qualifying disabling conditions. There are over 200 conditions that qualify for the CAP, including brain disorders, various cancers and several other disabilities.

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, you should be aware of the CAP and check to see if your condition is on the list. Here are some other facts to know about the Compassionate Allowance program:

  • It is an expedited process. Normal applications for SSDI benefits can take up to 12 months to approve. If your condition is listed on the Compassionate Allowance Program, then your application will be reviewed immediately.
  • Payments are not instant. Instead, eligible recipients should start receiving payments between two weeks and two months after their application is received.
  • The application. Applicants will not have to do additional paperwork to be eligible for the CA program.

You can expect illnesses that disable or lead to death to be on the Compassionate Allowance list. However, conditions that can vary in severity, such as diabetes, will need further evaluation. In cases such as these, you will need to provide medical records for further review.

Contact an experienced Social Security Disability Insurance attorney in Colorado

If you’ve suffered from a debilitating injury or illness and are in the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, having a Brighton SSDI attorney on your side is essential. The Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr., LLC can help you determine your eligibility for Compassionate Allowance and make sure you submit an accurate application. Whether you live in Brighton, Commerce City, or Thornton, we offer trusted legal care. Contact us online or call (303) 880-7994 today for a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.