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SSA Considering Application Expedition For Dementia Cases


Posted on Aug 13, 2009

Most working adults in America spend their lives paying Social Security taxes in the event that they become disabled and need support. However, more and more each day, backlogs and delays mean that disabled people in the United States are waiting months and even years for their cases to be hear and to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Now, however, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that they will be adding dementia and early-onset Alzheimer's disease to the list of conditions that will lead to an expedited Social Security application process. As of October of 2008, as many were confronting poverty, medical bills, and even death as they waited for disability checks, the SSA formed a list of 50 debilitating medical conditions that would bring applicants to the front of the line. These medical conditions include acute leukemia, bladder cancer, bone cancer, breast cancer, Farber's disease, gallbladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, Sandhoff disease, and other conditions.

Michael Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, explained at a hearing in Chicago last week that early-onset Alzheimer's disease progresses rapidly and is extremely debilitating to the brain - and as such, it should be added to the compassionate allowances list. Astrue also said that the SSA would be investigating a number of other diseases and conditions to add to the list of expedited applications.

A number of states are struggling with enormous backlogs of Social Security Disability Insurance applications - a problem that has become even more serious as state furlough case reviews and as disability applications continue to rise.

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