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HeartBrothers Foundation is Spreading the Word About Compassionate Allowances

February 17, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: March 2, 2022

A photo of Pat SullivanPeople diagnosed with heart failure face a challenging health journey—and the last thing they should have to worry about is finances. Many heart failure patients rely on Social Security disability benefits to help cover living expenses while they can’t work to support themselves and their families.

That’s why it’s so important for people with heart failure to know about Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances initiative. It helps patients get the financial support they need quickly.

The nonprofit HeartBrothers Foundation is spreading the word about Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances initiative. At HeartBrothers, we serve thousands of heart failure patients and their families with financial and emotional support, including accommodations at our HeartBrothers House.

At a recent HeartBrothers symposium, a Social Security representative spoke about Compassionate Allowances. This initiative allows Social Security to quickly identify severe medical conditions and diseases that obviously meet their strict standards for disability benefits. Social Security can then expedite the review process and make a final decision for these claims.

People with conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list can receive a decision on their claim in weeks rather than months. There are currently 254 conditions on the list – including Heart Transplant Wait List 1A/1B and Heart Transplant Graft Failure.

More than 700,000 people have had their claims fast-tracked and approved through the Compassionate Allowances initiative – including about 11,000 with cardiac-related claims. You can learn more about this initiative and all the conditions it covers by visiting Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances page.

There is no separate application for claims involving conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list. When you apply for disability benefits, be sure to correctly spell the name of your qualifying condition(s) so that Social Security can expedite your case. To learn more about Social Security’s disability programs, visit their website.

You can learn more about the HeartBrothers Foundation at heartbrothers.org. Please share this information with your friends and family – and post it on social media.

Our posting of this blog does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of any non-Social Security organization, author, or webpages.

Editorial Note: An earlier version of this blog contained some statements about the Compassionate Allowances program that could be misconstrued. We have since made additional edits for clarification.

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  1. Melody C.

    It is now over a yer since my husband applied for disabilty in Ga. Now we are in Ohio and getting the same run around as we did before! Ive done everything requested for them to make a determination of his case an still nothing! It is a shame these folks have no heart or comapssion for those who are sick and many times dying from heart dieases and other serious medical issues! I have contacted haf the USA to please help us and I get the same run around! Somebody will call you! Your not the only one! Were waiting for records on and on which is a pile of BS I personally took them medical records of everything they needed to res0lve his case! I am ticked off and I feel as if they are all waiting for him to die! The man is definately sick and tired of waiting for them to determine his case! SHAME ON THIS ADMINISTRATION FOR PUTTING US THROUGH ALL THIS BS!

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Melody. We are sorry to hear about your husband’s condition and his experience. For his security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We encourage him to continue to work with his local Social Security office. He can ask to speak to a manager on his next call or visit. He can also submit feedback by visiting our Contact Social Security page. Once there, select the “Email Us” link. This will take you to the “Email A Question to our Support Team” form where you can complete and submit a compliment, complaint, or suggestion. We hope this is resolved soon. 

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