The Compassionate Allowances Program (CAL) is a relatively new Social Security initiative. According to the Social Security Administration’s website, CAL aims to reduce waiting time for the most severe diseases. The focus of CAL is on cancer, brain disorders and childhood disorders. However, Social Security also accepts submissions for new CAL conditions.
If you recently received a diagnosis for a medical condition listed as a Compassionate Allowance disorder, continue reading to learn more about the program’s benefits. Quickly receiving treatment can dramatically improve the quality of your life, so the sooner you begin applying, the better.
Reduced waiting time
The main goal of CAL is to reduce waiting times for the most severe conditions. Social Security Disability Insurance offers back payments; however, this does not account for the five-month waiting period built into the process. You might miss out on several months of expenses after applying for SSDI. CAL might reduce the waiting time to two months or less.
Compassionate Allowance is a program built into SSDI. This means that applicants for disability benefits do not have to provide further documentation. It is essential to begin your SSDI application as soon as possible because the Social Security office attempts to identify and approve CAL disorders for disability payments.
Unfortunately, people in financial distress cannot always pay for their medical treatments. The Compassionate Allowances program attempts to alleviate the impact of severe disorders. Social Security must process thousands of applications, but CAL helps to speed up the approval process, so you receive the payments you need to treat your disorder.