Compassion is at the Heart of Our Lifetime Commitment to You

October 25, 2018 • By

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Last Updated: October 25, 2018

" "Social Security is with you through life’s journey, often during times of personal hardship, transition, and uncertainty. We believe that compassion is the cornerstone of our public service commitment. If you suffer from a serious medical condition that prevents you from working, time is of the essence when it comes to receiving a decision on your disability application.

Our initial claims process typically takes three to five months, but in some cases, we’re able to expedite the application process through our Compassionate Allowances program. Social Security uses Compassionate Allowances to identify people whose medical condition is so severe that it clearly meets our definition of disability.

For 10 years, our Compassionate Allowances program has helped us identify and fast track cases where people have diseases that are most likely to be approved for disability benefits.

Here are five things you may not know about our Compassionate Allowances program:

  1. Social Security uses cutting-edge technology to identify, evaluate, and quickly process applications with Compassionate Allowances conditions, bringing help to those with the most severe conditions.
  2. Many of the claims in our Compassionate Allowances Program are approved based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone; for example, pancreatic cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and acute leukemia diagnoses are fast tracked.
  3. More than 500,000 people with serious disabilities have been approved through this fast-track disability process.
  4. The list of Compassionate Allowances conditions is currently at 233 and growing with the addition of five new conditions in August of this year.
  5. If you know about a condition that could be part of our Compassionate Allowances program, you may submit the name of the condition for consideration.

You can visit our Compassionate Allowances website for more information. Also, please help us spread the word on Compassionate Allowances by sharing this post with family and friends.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Linda F.

    I need some information on how to file a letter. In 2005 my late husband and myself
    applied for a. Federal guaranteed loan to give my brother as a down payment for a business we were buying off of him
    Long story short we payed on it for 2 years.
    My husband passed away in 2007. then. I found out the business had leins all over it
    He took it back never gave me none of my money went to attorney to file bankruptcy
    the attorney I had kept telling i did not need to file bankruptcy because the laws had changed i had the money to pay for it she turned me away 3 times well after 10 years IRS informed me that once I turn 65 they are going to take 150 dollars out of my monthly check until its paid. I was led wrong buy this attorney i lost my house my means of income i am very bitter about this brother my othet attorney failed me for not doing a title search i tryed to do everything right the professinols let me down i have no life. My blood pressure is very highl i have no peace of mind i am 64 now and deserate for some help Thankyou

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