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Awards of SSD benefits expedited through agency programs

Awards of SSD benefits expedited through agency programs

| Sep 21, 2017 | Social Security Disability |

Newark residents who have a disabling medical condition and are seeking Social Security disability benefits may be concerned about how long it will take for their application to be processed. Therefore, they may be interested to hear that the Social Security Administration has recently announced that it has added three more conditions that will be included on the agency’s Compassionate Allowances program: Kleefstra Syndrome, Cogenital Myotonic Dystrophy and CACH-Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms. Those who have one of these conditions will now be able to have their applications for SSD benefits expedited through the Compassionate Allowances program.

The Compassionate Allowance program allows for the expedition of SSD benefits for those who have a serious disease that is almost certain to meet the SSA’s standards for approving SSD benefits. There is a list of 228 medical conditions that are included in the Compassionate Allowance program. Oftentimes, an applicant whose condition falls under the Compassionate Allowance program will find their application approved based on the medical diagnosis itself. As of right now, nearly 500,000 individuals have had their application for SSD benefits approved through the Compassionate Allowances program.

In addition, the SSA is trying to expedite decisions made on conditions not included in the Compassionate Allowances program through the SSA’s Health IT program. When an individual applies for SSD benefits, the SSA must receive the applicant’s medical records before it can make a decision. It would normally take weeks for an applicant’s physician to get the physical records to the SSA. However, now it is possible for these records to be submitted to the SSA electronically. This means that it will take less time for the SSA to review the applicant’s records and decide whether to approve the applicant for SSD benefits.

As this shows, the SSA is trying to make improvements that will allow it to process claims for SSD benefits quicker. However, before a person applies for SSD benefits, it can help to seek professional advice, so that they can better understand the requirements that must be met in order to be approved for benefits.

Source: Social Security, “Social Security Expedites Decisions to Those with Serious Disabilities,” Sept. 5, 2017