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Alzheimer's claims fast-tracked on compassionate allowances list

The Social Security Administration recognizes that there are some conditions so severe that applicants will qualify for benefits on a fast-track process. These conditions are listed under the "compassionate allowances" list, giving those with specified severe illness and disabilities the right to qualify for benefits without the same scrutiny. Now, patients in California and nationwide who are diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's may find it easier to qualify and collect Social Security disability.

According to recent reports, there are 5.4 million people in the United States who are affected by Alzheimer's. In 2010, the Social Security Administration included Alzheimer's, in particular "Early-Onset" Alzheimer's as one of the 165 conditions on the "compassionate allowances list." The list is a basis for a fast-track disability application system, which will expedite any claim.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, you may be eligible for the fast-track benefits you need. The SSA has recognized that Alzheimer's is an aggressive disease, impacting the lives of patients physically, socially, and financially. For patients of Alzheimer's and their loved ones, a diagnosis can be a significant burden.

In addition to job loss, the costs of treating a patient may include caregivers and assisted living. Over the course of months and years, these expenses may not be manageable for most families. Alzheimer's patients who qualify for Social Security disability could be fast-tracked and approved within days.

For those who are diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's (developed before age 65), Social Security disability is available. An experienced attorney can help you prepare documentation and present a claim to collect the benefits you need and deserve. Filing a claim as soon as possible will significantly reduce wait time and overall costs associated with managing treatment and care.

Source: Patriot Ledger, "SSDI fast tracking for Alzheimer's," Joan Wright, Sept. 19, 2012

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