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Compassionate allowances program helps to speed up backlog

Although the application to receive SSDI benefits is lengthy, some may be able to receive a quick decision through a special program.

Compassionate allowances program helps to speed up backlog

A surprising number of people in Oregon and throughout the U.S. are currently waiting to hear whether their Social Security Disability Insurance benefits have been approved. Some people have been waiting several months for a response to their initial SSDI application. Others have received a denial and are going through the appeals process, which can take years, in hopes that they will be granted the benefits that they need. Unfortunately, a serious backlog of SSDI applications has created an extremely long wait time for disabled citizens who are unable to work.

A long wait time

It is crucial that people fill out their application correctly and completely in order to give themselves the best chance of being approved at the application level. If denials issue and the individual has to request a hearing, the wait for a hearing in Oregon is very long. According to the SSA, the average wait time in the Portland hearings office is 18 months and in the Eugene hearings office it is 21 months.

The compassionate allowances program

The Compassionate Allowances Program was created to expedite certain SSDI and SSI claims through the approval process. People are eligible for the program when they have been diagnosed with a certain medical condition or illness that obviously meets disability requirements. The conditions listed under the Compassionate Allowances Program are considered seriously debilitating or terminal. There is no question as to whether the people who suffer from these conditions are able to work or earn a paycheck.

Representatives evaluating the applications can make a faster decision based on the magnitude of the condition itself. Some of the conditions listed in the program include different types of cancer, Huntington Disease, congenital diseases and other rare painful disorders of the neurological and skeletal systems.

Expediting the process

Rather than waiting for months or years to receive a response from the SSA, people who file for benefits under the Compassionate Allowances Program may receive a decision in a matter of weeks. Each case is different based on the speed in which the SSA can obtain the applicant's medical information and process the application.

Get your questions answered

If you need to file for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, it may be wise to speak to a knowledgeable attorney regarding the application process. In addition to ensuring all your information is filled out correctly and provided to the Social Security Administration, an attorney can ensure you meet deadlines and may maximize the chance of having your benefits approved in a quick amount of time.

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