Social Security Administration Expands Compassionate Allowances Program

Feb. 4, 2013

In an attempt to improve speed with which claims for Social Security Disability Benefits are approved, the United States government recently expanded a program that puts claims made by those suffering from certain conditions on a fast track for approval. According to a statement from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the decision to expand the Compassionate Allowances program will hopefully help eliminate millions of backlogged claims for benefits.

The SSA indicates that last year, a total of 3.2 million Americans applied for Social Security Disability benefits. That was a dramatic spike from the 2.6 million in 2008. Even more concerning than the growing number of claims is the amount of time it has taken to process each claim. A single claim for benefits can sometimes be held up for years, and as many as two-thirds of claims are initially rejected.

The Compassionate Allowances program hopes to change this by eliminating much of the burden placed on claimants to prove their condition. This allows those suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or certain cancers to receive approval for their claim in as little as several weeks. The program has assisted more than 200,000 Americans so far.

The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt, and Sexton are hopeful the program will help those in need get the benefits and assistance they need.

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