Those With Alzheimer’s To Receive Faster SSDI Claim Processing
If you have a disability and are unable to work, getting benefits can be quite the challenge. For most people, the process takes many months and even years. However, there is an expedited process available for those who have certain medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a condition marked primarily by cognitive symptoms such as memory loss and confusion. It is a condition that gets worse over time, with most people living for 4-8 years after diagnosis. Alzheimer’s causes patients to have trouble with daily tasks due to memory issues. Those with the disease have trouble learning new information and often get lost and confused.
While there is no cure for the 5 million Americans who have this disease, it is included in the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program. What this means is that the condition is so severe that it automatically meets the agency’s strict standards for disability. Plus, many people develop it before they reach retirement, so they don’t qualify for any other benefits. Through the Compassionate Allowances program, there is no long process or waiting period involved, which means the claims for Alzheimer’s disease are processed more quickly than most other diseases.
The agency does this through cutting-edge technology to easily identify potential Compassionate Allowances and make quick decisions in terms of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Alzheimer’s disease is just one of the diseases that qualifies for a Compassionate Allowance. Others include leukemia, lymphoma, brain disorders, genetic diseases, and various cancers and degenerative diseases.
The Benefits Process
If the paperwork and test results show that the applicant has Alzheimer’s disease or some other qualifying disorder, the applicant will begin to receive payments as soon as possible. However, the payments are not instant. Even though it is an expedited process, there are still some factors that can delay benefits. These include the number of other applications, the submitted medical evidence, and any other examinations that may be required. However, the process is still very quick, with most applicants receiving benefits anywhere from two weeks to two months after submission of the application.
Also, applicants should know that there is no expedited process for receiving Medicare. Medicare is awarded to all SSDI recipients 24 months after the disability onset date, and Compassionate Allowance recipients are no exception. Therefore, applicants should look for other health insurance options during this time.
Learn More About Social Security Disability Benefits
Alzheimer’s disease is a medical condition that can quickly cause a patient to go downhill. A person will mostly suffer cognitive impairments, but can suffer from psychological changes, changes in mood and behavior, and even physical changes. It is important that patients have money to pay for treatment.
Your best bet is to file an SSDI claim right away. A White Plains Social Security Disability lawyer from The Law Office of Michael Lawrence Varon can help you get benefits quickly. Don’t delay. To schedule a free initial consultation, fill out the online form or call (914) 228-1770.