Released on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), announced three new Compassionate Allowances Conditions (CACH). As result, the conditions are Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood-Onset Forms, Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, and Kleefstra Syndrome. But Compassionate Allowances are a quick way to identify serious diseases. Since the medical conditions meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits. Now Social Security Expedites Decisions to Those with Serious Disabilities.
Yet Social Security committed now and in the future to identify and fast-track diseases that can get approved for disability benefits said Acting Commissioner Berryhill.
Compassionate Allowances List Grows
According to the Compassionate Allowance Program, they identify claims for applicant’s disease or condition. The claims must meet Social Security statutory standard for disability. Several claims allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone. For example, pancreatic cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and acute leukemia. However, there are almost 500,000 people with severe disabilities that were approved. Through the fast-track policy-complaint disability process now grown to a total 228 conditions.
Since the Compassionate Allowance incorporated that way the agency can easily identify and make quick decisions. Consequently, other disability cases not covered by the Compassionate Allowances program. The Social Security’s Health IT program speed up the process by electronic medical records to the disability determination process. When a person applies for disability benefits then Social Security must get medical records in order to make an accurate determination. But it may take weeks for healthcare organization to provide medical records for an applicant’s case. By having electronic records transmission, Social Security can quickly get claimant’s medical information to review and make a determination faster than ever before.
The Compassionate Allowances and Health IT Programs are making stride to ensure Americans with disabilities quickly receive benefits.
For more information about the Compassionate Allowance conditions list, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.
Also, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/hit to learn more about the Social Security’s Health IT Program.
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