Illnesses such as cancer are covered by Compassionate Allowances

During June, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day, to recognize those who have survived this dread disease. Cancer remains a major source of disease in the country, with hundreds of thousands of new cases diagnosed every year. As with any serious disease, if you are diagnosed with cancer, fear, stress and worry follow. You not only are concerned about the type of medical care, your treatment and all of those unknowns, but you also worry about the impact of this disease on your family.

Undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy can be exceptionally taxing, leaving you exhausted and drained and typically unable to work for months at a time. This disease can have a devastating effect on your health and on your ability to earn income. Yet the bills don't stop and depending on your health insurance, may accelerate.

Social Security disability benefits can often be difficult to obtain and require months or years of waiting as an application works its way through the system of reviews and appeals. For well-understood, severe medical conditions like cancer, you may be able to qualify for benefits much more quickly though Social Security's Compassionate Allowances program.

Compassionate Allowances covers severely impairing  conditions that clearly meet the SSD programs definition of disability. Medical conditions covered by compassionate allowance include traumatic brain injury (TBI), early-onset Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and mental impairments, such as schizophrenia. Because reviewing medical documentation is typically a time-consuming step in this process, with diseases that are obviously disabling, the process can be greatly accelerated.

Your application is automatically expedited when submitted and one of the impairments contained in the compassionate allowances list is identified. The quick receipt of SSD benefits under this program can help reduce some of the stress in your life.

Source:, "Social Security: Compassionate Allowance speeds disability claims," Maria Diaz, June 8, 2016

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