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Social Security Administration: Blog Feature

HeartBrothers Spreading the Word About Compassionate Allowances

February 17, 2022 • By Pat Sullivan, HeartBrothers Co-Founder

People 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 Allowance 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. He explained that Social Security can expedite payments to patients whose medical conditions are so severe they obviously meet the agency’s disability standards.

People who apply for Compassionate Allowance can receive their benefits in as soon as 10 days – rather than months. The program covers 254 conditions – including Heart Transplant Wait List 1A/1B and Heart Transplant Graft Failure.

More than 700,000 people have benefited from the Compassionate Allowances program – including about 11,000 with cardiac-related claims. You can learn more about the program and all the conditions it covers by visiting the Compassionate Allowances page.

There is no separate application for a Compassionate Allowance. When you apply for disability benefits, be sure to clearly state on the application that you are seeking a Compassionate Allowance so 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 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.


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