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Definition of Compassionate Allowance

The Compassionate Allowance (CAL) list is a list of severe health conditions the SSA considers automatically disabling. This list was created to expedite disability processing for the most disabled applicants. Claimants who have a condition on the Compassionate Allowance list must have medical evidence to support their condition and must meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI or SSI to qualify for benefits.

Compassionate Allowance claimants may have their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits approved in as little as ten days. SSDI claimants, however, will still have to wait through the five month waiting period. Compassionate Allowance claimants who receive SSDI benefits will also receive Medicare benefits after the 24 month waiting period (some exceptions apply).

Common conditions which are listed on the Compassionate Allowance list include acute leukemia, adrenal cancer, adult non-hodgkin lymphoma, adult onset Huntington disease, angelman syndrome, and aortic atresia. A full listing can be found on the SSA website at www.ssa.gov. Claimants, whose condition is on the CAL list, will not need to hire a disability lawyer because they should be approved for benefits right away.

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