Compassionate Allowance is a program of the Social Security system. We’ve probably all heard the horror stories about how incredibly long it takes to receive a determination about getting approved for disability. It can take a long period of time to learn if you are found eligible to receive disability benefits after you apply. However, the Compassionate Allowance program can fast track this process, if you have one of the cancers (or other conditions) listed as described on the list. It’s important to know that you must not only have the diagnosis but also meet it as stated on the list. For example, the ovarian cancer must have distant metastasis or be be inoperable or unresectable (unfortunately, many of us meet this). The medical conditions listed are severe in nature. Ovarian cancer was one of the 25 cancers listed in 2008. Effective in August of this year, 165 conditions will be on the list. I can confirm that the social security representatives really push for the quick time frame. I had no problem getting mine approved quickly. I keep copies of all my medical records and took the entire packet to the social security office. This is not required and social security will request all your records. However, I have found that things go much quicker when I do this. I also found the Social Security website very user friendly and the application not very difficult to complete. I’m primarily mentioning this on my blog because I sometimes hear survivors say that are paying attorneys and credit them with getting the approval quickly. I often volunteer to help new survivors with filing an application and am glad to be of assistance. Check out the Compassionate Allowance Program at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances
This blog also gives some good information http://blog.usa.gov/post/24194295514/how-to-get-quick-approval-for-certain-disability-claims
What has your experience with applying for disability been like?