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Social Security’s “Compassionate Allowance List” - Social Security Administration

Stories about delays when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are almost legendary, with many applicants waiting up to a year to get even an initial determination. These delays are usually a result of two things – excessive workload at the Social Security Administration, and, delays incurred while obtaining medical records substantiating the disability. To ease this unfortunate processing delay, Social Security has a “Compassionate Allowance List” which contains well over 200 disabling diseases which will result in your SSDI application being fast-tracked, often resulting in an approval within a few weeks, instead of months.

The Social Security Administration is always evaluating when it is appropriate to add to this Compassionate Allowance List (CAL) with a goal of providing those with serious disabling conditions to get benefits sooner, and recently announced the addition of 12 new diseases to the CAL, as indicated in this press release by the Social Security Administration.

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