I have stage-4 bladder cancer. Someone suggested that I apply for SSDI under the Compassionate Allowance Program. What is the Compassionate Allowance Program?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) realizes that some disabilities are so severe that a person may not have months to wait for a decision on benefits. The Compassionate Allowance Program provides faster application processing for applicants with certain severe disabilities. Applicants who are approved for the Compassionate Allowance Program can receive a decision within weeks of providing medical documentation of their diagnosis. Ideally, applicants are able to receive benefits within a month.

To qualify for fast-track processing through the Compassionate Allowances Program, an applicant must have one of the 200 compassionate allowance conditions. These conditions include late-stage cancers, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, some types of muscular dystrophy, and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Bladder cancer can qualify for a compassionate allowance if the applicant has documentation of any of the following:

  • The bladder cancer is inoperable.
  • The bladder cancer cannot be completely removed, even by surgery.
  • The cancer has spread to other parts of the body or distant lymph nodes.

Qualifying for a compassionate allowance is not enough to guarantee benefits. Your claim forms must be properly filled out, and you must provide the SSA with your complete medical records. For this reason, it may be a good idea to consult with an Omaha SSDI attorney before submitting your application.

For more information about how our Omaha disability lawyers can help you, request a free copy of our booklet, Why You Should Hire an Attorney to Handle Your Social Security Disability Claim. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact Cuddigan Law at 402-933-5405.