Feb. 1, 2013
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that it would be expanding a program that allows those suffering from certain debilitating diseases to have their Social Security Disability benefits claims processed through a fast-track system. According to a statement from SSA Commissioner, Michael J. Astrue, the program allows those with a condition qualifying for the Compassionate Allowances program more lenient requirements for medical records and other documentation to prove their condition.
The number of conditions included in the Compassionate Allowances program has now reached more than 200. Diseases selected to go on the list are chosen based on data gathered from public outreach hearings, research from the National Institute of Health, and dialogue amongst those in the Social Security and Disability Determination Services community.
Claims processed through the program allow those afflicted with a condition on the list to receive Social Security Disability benefits within a matter of weeks, rather than the normal processing time of several months to years. Experts say the fast-track process may significantly help deflate the backlog of unprocessed claims for benefits.
The McDivitt Law Firm and their team of Denver Injury Attorneys applaud the SSA for the effort to offer those who are in the most need of assistance a better service, but recognize some cases may still fall through the cracks. That is why the firm suggests talking with an attorney if you are preparing to file a claim or have a claim that was denied in the past.