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Compassionate Allowances provide fast benefits for Tennesseans

Tennessee residents who go through the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits undoubtedly have serious disabilities and need the help that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can provide. Of course, some Tennesseans' disabilities and illnesses are more severe than others. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a process through which those who are suffering from the most severe disabilities or physical impairments can more quickly obtain benefits.

Through the Compassionate Allowances program, the SSA will identify those individuals who are clearly disabled. As a result, these individuals may quickly obtain SSDI benefits. This program, which is not separate from the SSDI or Social Security Insurance (SSI) program, seeks objective medical data to identify those in need. The SSA is looking for applicants with serious medical conditions that obviously meet the Agency's disability standards.

In order to determine which illnesses and conditions qualify for assistance through the Compassionate Allowances program, the SSA considers which conditions meet the Agency's definition of disability. Additionally, they select conditions based on information from scientific and medical experts, research from the National Institutes of Health, as well as via information provided at public outreach hearings.

Thus far, the SSA has conducted seven public outreach hearings regarding Compassionate Allowances. Topics have included traumatic brain injury and stroke, rare diseases, cancers, schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease, dementia and early-onset Alzheimer's disease, as well as multiple organ transplants and autoimmune diseases.

If someone has one of the aforementioned conditions, or believe they may qualify for Compassionate Allowance assistance due to another severe disability, they may wish to consult with an attorney for guidance in obtaining SSD benefits. Help is available to those that need it.

Source: SSA.gov, "Compassionate Allowances," accessed on May 20, 2016

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