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What is the Compassionate Allowances program for SSD benefits?

The onset of a debilitating injury or illness can be frightening, stressful and overwhelming. While an individual in Iowa must think about how the medical condition will affect his or her health, he or she must also consider how he or she will make ends meet. This can be especially challenging when the medical condition is question is costly to treat and leaves an individual unable to work to earn a wage to pay for that treatment.

Fortunately, Social Security disability benefits may be obtained if a person can show that he or she meets federal requirements. While this is oftentimes a tricky process that requires the submission of extensive medical evidence, the process can be more straightforward for those who are suffering from medical conditions that are obviously disabling. The Social Security Administration recognizes these conditions under the Compassionate Allowances program.

This program seeks to quickly identify medical conditions that meet SSD requirements so that benefit payments can be expedited. While medical evidence will still have to be submitted, once it is submitted there is little room left for the SSA to doubt the disabling characteristics of the condition. Therefore, once it is established that an individual suffers from a condition identified by the Compassionate Allowance program, there is much less scrutiny compared to other claims.

The medical conditions that qualify for a compassionate allowance are usually the most severe, including many cancers and brain disorders. However, no one is guaranteed to receive these benefits, which is why those seeking to obtain disability benefits, whether through the Compassionate Allowance program or the traditional claim method, should consider how best to present their case. Oftentimes this is where a qualified legal professional can be of service.