Social Security speeds up decisions for people with severe disabilities | News

Acting Social Security Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi announced 12 new terms for Compassionate Allowances: Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, Microvillus inclusion disease – child, Mowat-Wilson syndrome, myelodysplastic syndrome with excess Blast, NUT carcinoma, Pfeiffer syndrome – Type II and III, Pontocerebellar hypoplasia, posterior cortical atrophy, renal amyloidosis – AL type and sarcomatoid mesothelioma.

The Compassionate Allowances program quickly identifies claims where the applicant’s condition or illness clearly meets the legal standard for Social Security disability. Due to the serious nature of many of these conditions, these claims are often only allowed on the basis of a medical confirmation of the diagnosis. To date, more than 800,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this accelerated policy-compliant disability process, which has grown to a total of 266 conditions.

“The Social Security Administration is committed to reducing barriers and ensuring that people who qualify for benefits receive them,” Acting Commissioner Kijakazi said. “Our Compassionate Allowances program allows us to reinforce that commitment by speeding up the application process for people with the most severe disabilities.”

When a person applies for disability benefits, Social Security must obtain medical records in order to make an accurate determination. The agency uses industry-leading technology to identify potential cases of Compassionate Allowances and make quick decisions. Social Security’s Health IT brings the speed and efficiency of electronic health records to the disability assessment process. Electronic data transfer allows Social Security to quickly obtain a claimant’s medical information, review it and make a quick decision.

For more information about the program, including a list of all the requirements for Compassionate Allowances, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

For more information about Social Security’s Health IT program, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/hit.

People can apply for disability benefits online by going to www.socialsecurity.gov.

To create a My Social Security account, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

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