The medical conditions that qualify people for Social Security Disability payments are serious. They are conditions that are expected to last at least a year or that can be fatal. Unfortunately, people who are unable to work sometimes find that the Social Security Administration doesn’t provide them with an income very quickly, if at all.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs are notoriously slow at processing applications. A person who is suffering from a terminal condition does not have the time to wait to get the help they need. To address the needs of terminally ill applicants, the Social Security Administration has instituted a special way to handle these applications. It is known as the Compassionate Allowances program
What do I do if I have a qualifying condition?
There isn’t anything additional you need to do if you have a condition on the list. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has software that is supposed to flag applications that include qualifying conditions. This means you need to make sure that the condition is listed correctly when you fill out your application.
Just because you have a condition on the compassionate allowances list doesn’t mean that you’re going to be automatically approved for benefits. Instead, these conditions only mean that your application is fast-tracked through the application process. You still must prove that you are qualified for benefits.
How fast is the fast-track process?
The time it takes to process your application will vary based on your circumstances. Even if your condition qualifies under the Compassionate Allowances program, you’re still subject to mandatory waiting periods. While there isn’t a waiting period for SSI, there is a five-month waiting period from the date your disability begins until you get your first SSDI payment.
Can my claim be denied?
Applications that fall under the Compassionate Allowances program can still be denied. If your claim is initially denied, seek an appeal as fast as you can. The longer you wait to appeal, the longer it may take you before you can get the benefits that can help you during this time.