December 4 - 5, 2007
The first Compassionate Allowance outreach hearing was held December 4th and 5th 2007 in Washington, D.C.
SSA has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards. SSA has plans underway to identify these cases and expedite them through the adjudicatory process.
The Compassionate Allowances initiative is designed to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information.
The purpose of the hearing was to obtain the public's views about how to implement Compassionate Allowances for children and adults with rare diseases.