SSA Expands Immediate Help Program to New Conditions
Those who have the following conditions may now qualify for Compassionate Allowances from the Social Security Administration:
Included are Charlevoix Saguenay Spastic Ataxia (ARSACS), Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, CIC-rearranged Sarcoma, Congenital Zika Syndrome, Desmoplastic Mesothelioma, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – Adult, Pericardial Mesothelioma, Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma, Renpenning Syndrome, SCN8A Related Epilepsy with Encephalopathy, SYNGAP1-related NSID, and Taybi-Linder Syndrome,
“This is great news for people with these conditions,” said Alan Hubbard, NTI@Home’s Chief Operation Officer. “The Compassionate Allowances program is very important to get people who need immediate help and meet the Social Security standards for disability benefits. This move is going to help a lot of people get the money they are eligible for.” NTI@Home helps Americans with disabilities find at-home employment with job training and job placement services. If you are eligible, you can register at www.ntiathome.org.
As part of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM, NTI@Home is taking part in “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion” theme to ensure Americans with disabilities are a major part of the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Every October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions people with disabilities have made to America’s workforce and the economy.
“Everyone who is eligible for benefits under the programs we administer should receive them,” said Social Security Administration Acting commissioner Killolo Kijakazi, in Highland County Press. “Our Compassionate Allowances program helps us address barriers by helping accelerate the disability application process for people who are likely to get approved for benefits due to the severity of their medical condition.”
By using the Compassionate Allowances program, applicants are easily identified as clearly meeting the standards for disability and should be approved quickly. The Social Security Administration says the program has helped more than 700,000 people with severe disabilities with more than 254 conditions.
“This program has truly been a success for people with disabilities,” said Hubbard. “It is great to see the Social Security Administration expanding this program because we know it will help a lot more people.”
When a person applies for disability benefits, Social Security uses the latest in technology, looking at electronic medical records and then making decisions quickly.
If you are interested in the Compassionate Allowances conditions, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.
If you are an American with a disability looking for an at-home job, you register for free at www.ntiathome.org. By registering you will receive job training and placement services.
“It is great to see the Social Security Administration expanding this program because we know it will help a lot more people.”