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Compassionate Allowance Program

About the Compassionate Allowance Program

The Social Security Administration has an obligation to provide much needed benefits quickly to those applicants whose medical conditions are so severe that they obviously meet the disability standards.


Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are Social Security’s way of expediently identifying a disease or other medical condition that would invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal information. The Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security to address the most obviously disabled individuals for necessary allowances based on the medical information they can obtain quickly. Compassionate Allowances is not a separate program from Social Security Disability Insurance or the Supplemental Security Income Program.


According to the Social Security Administration, CAL conditions are selected based on information they received from public outreach hearings, counsel from medical and scientific experts, comments received from the Social Security and Disability Determination Services administrators, as well as their own research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Furthermore, the Social Security Administration also considers which conditions are most inclined to meet their current definition of a disability. “Disability” under Social Security is entirely based on your inability to work. 


Social Security considers a person disabled if:

  • The person cannot do the work they performed before;
  • If Social Security decides the person cannot adjust to other work because of their medical condition; and
  • The person’s disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least a year or result in death.


Social Security has held seven Compassionate Allowances hearings; these hearings were on rare diseases, cancers, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), stroke, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and multiple organ transplants.

Does your medical condition qualify under CAL?

The Social Security program is not only complex, but it can take from three to five months for the application process and up to 75% of those, get denied. If you are currently afflicted with a serious disease or medical condition that may qualify under the Compassionate Allowances program, then you may be entitled to receive benefits much sooner. 


If you believe that your medical condition qualifies you, I urge you to contact me, your Arkansas Social Security Disability attorney at my firm, Angel Disability Law right away.


I gladly offer a free case evaluation where we can go over your medical condition and determine the best course of action to take. I understand how daunting the process is as well as how important it is that you receive the benefits you need.

Please contact me today at 501-508-2611