In previous posts, we have discussed that one of the most frustrating challenges of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits is the time it takes to actually get approved for benefits. There is the complicated application that must be filed. Because the majority of applications are initially denied, people then need to file an appeal and wait for a decision on that before they learn whether they will receive financial support or not.
The Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program was created to expedite the approval process for Social Security disability benefits for people with the most serious diseases and medical conditions that invariably meet the SSA’s legal standards. So far, the program has fast-tracked nearly 200,000 applications for people with conditions such as cancer, immunological disorders and neurological disease.
Children with cerebral palsy or epilepsy, or with neurologic or developmental disorders, are often beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income, and many of them are eligible for Medicaid. Yet, while Georgia Medicaid fully covers flu shots for both children and adults at increased risk, far too few children with these conditions are getting vaccinated.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so the Social Security Administration just released the most recent numbers on the number of people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance because they're totally disabled from work due to colorectal cancer or closely related cancers. The agency says that, in 2011, almost 30,000 people were receiving SSDI benefits for the cancer or its complications.
Georgia residents who are battling serious illnesses may be interested to hear some cases from other locations of people who are struggling, not only with illness, but in a battle with the Social Security Administration. One woman was denied for disability payments, but did not receive an explanation as to why.
The Social Security Administration makes a specific effort to provide benefits as quickly as possible to applicants with very serious medical conditions. This process of expedition is part of what the SSA calls Compassionate Allowances, which identified specific diseases and conditions that obviously meet the qualifications, even with minimal medical information.
Millions of Americans, including many in Georgia, are waiting for disability benefits, and one man among them has hit rock bottom.