Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a very complicated process. It requires not only the completion of an application, but forms ranging from W-2s to medical records need to be sent in along with it. If an applicant is approved, it can still take up to seven months to start receiving payments. However, the government is considering adding one life-threatening illness to a list of others that allow a person to be fast-tracked through the application process.

The number one cause of death in the United States right now is heart disease. As this ailment progresses, it can make it nearly impossible for those who suffer from it to perform their duties at work. However, the Social Security Administration may be adding it to the “Compassionate Allowance” list.

The Compassionate Allowance list (CAL) makes it easier for people who suffer from certain conditions to be approved for disability benefits. If a disease or condition appears on the CAL, it is considered severe enough to automatically meet disability standards.

The SSA has held public hearings and plans to gather opinions from physicians and researchers to help decide whether cardiovascular disease should be added to the CAL. If the SSA decides to add it to the list, those who suffer from heart disease would have an easier time applying for disability benefits and would begin to see the money sooner.

Because heart disease touches the lives of so many people, this news may offer hope to people in Georgia who are unable to work because of cardiovascular disease.

Source: EmpowHER, “Heart Disease and Social Security Disability,” Mary Kyle, 18 July 2011