BIAA Testifies at Social Security Administration Compassionate Allowances Hearing

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On November 18, 2008, BIAA Director of Consumer Services, Greg Ayotte, testified in Arlington, Virginia at a Social Security Administration (SSA) Compassionate Allowance outreach hearing on brain injuries.

The purpose of this hearing was to consider views about the advisability and possible methods of identifying and implementing compassionate allowances for children and adults with brain injuries. SSA's Compassionate Allowance Initiative represents an effort by SSA to consider ways to quickly identify diseases and other serious medical conditions that obviously meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act (Act) and which can be identified with minimal objective medical information. SSA calls this method "Compassionate Allowances.”

Among other things, BIAA's testimony focused on illustrating some of the obstacles individuals with brain injuries encounter when trying to access Social Security disability benefits.