Re: SSDI adds to Compassionate Allowances list
I don't believe there are any written timelines that require it be done in X amount of weeks/months. They key for Compassionate Allowance (CAL) is the receipt of the (1) SS application (2) Receipt of objective medical evidence that proves a condition.
For example, and this occurred with my cousin, he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherig's disease) based on his symptoms, tests, and his mother had the same thing and so the doctors knew what they were looking for as opposed to wondering if it's ALS or MS or something else. (My aunt died of ALS in 2000 and her son, my cousin, at age 55 in 2010).
A doctor can not say "suspect patient may have ALS", it has to be concrete documentation of a definitive diagnosis.
For my cousin once they got the application and medical information to SS they had not heard anything after a month, I told them to either contact some of the advocates that work with ALS patients (social workers, counselors, health advocates, etc). They did use the social worker who called and put a push behind the claim and it was approved about 3 days later. For SS immediate approvals have to be reviewed by an employee the next level up (i.e. supervisor) since it's express approval and they have to be sure it's based on concrete medical evidence and/or diagnostic criteria.
If you go the link above it also has some additional links, from there, that take you to the work rules for Compassionate Allowance. It gets a bit technical and none of us would really understand all the jargon or the work flow but click on the statement that says "Additional information about how compassionate allowances are processed"
On that page and it takes you to the work flow process rules (if you are interested in getting in that depth).
Can it be approved in under a month? Yes. But it's more likely to take a bit longer becuase the person applies and then asks the doctors for medical informatino and/or SS has to request medical information. Then once all that is received and seen as meeting all requirements, approved, and sent to a supervisor type person to validate the approval.
Most conditions under CAL still have a 5 mo mandatory waiting period so even if approved early the person would still have to wait until benefit begin date to get benefits.
Here is the full list of CAL diagnoses:
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08
Last edited by SpineAZ; 08-18-2011 at 10:50 PM.