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Social Security adds severe conditions to fast track

The Compassionate Allowance program allows for faster Social Security disability payments for illnesses by faster identification of qualifying medical conditions. This program, in place for 10 years, identifies and expedites review and approval of claims where the applicant's condition clearly meets the agency's definition of a disability. Due to their severity, these claims are allowed just on confirmation of their medical diagnosis. Earlier this month, the SSA expanded this list of illnesses that meet the legal definition of disabling conditions eligible for benefits.

The program's list has expanded to 233 conditions such as pancreatic cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and acute leukemia. More than 500,000 claimants with serious conditions have received fast track approval through this process. Like people with other severe disabilities, monthly SSD benefit payments are essential for paying for the daily needs of Cincinnati residents.

The Social Security Administration announced the addition of five Compassionate Allowance conditions to this list in August. It added Fibrolamellar Cancer, Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome, Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation Syndrome, Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System, and Tetrasomy 18p.

SSA has implemented technology to identify conditions that meet this program's requirements. For other disability benefits, it is also using electronic records transmission to expedite the gathering of required medical documents, conducting a review and making accurate eligibility determinations. Otherwise, it may take several weeks for health care providers to submit records. An attorney can help claimants gather information and seek approval under this program if their condition meets eligibility requirements. Lawyers can also assist claimants with other disabling conditions with the approval and hearing process and file appeals for denied claims.

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