Compassionate Allowance (CAL)

Definition - What does Compassionate Allowance (CAL) mean?

Compassionate Allowance (CAL) is a program by the U.S. Social Security Administration. It allows disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to be quickly provided to individuals suffering from conditions that are so serious that they automatically qualify for disability under the SSA's listing of impairments.

Justipedia explains Compassionate Allowance (CAL)

Over the years, the time it takes for individuals to receive disability benefits from the SSA after applying has significantly increased. In response to this, the SSA started Compassionate Allowance (CAL). There are many conditions that qualify for Compassionate Allowance including different types of cancers, Alzheimer's, and other serious illnesses. Claimants who are provided Compassionate Allowances are selected through information the SSA receives through public outreach hearings, comments from the Disability Determination Services (DDS), the counsel of medical experts, and their research with National Institute of Health (NIH).

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