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Author Topic: Another Compassionate Allowance (COA) Question  (Read 310 times)


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Another Compassionate Allowance (COA) Question
« on: April 14, 2017, 11:59:25 AM »
Since I was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's w/depression (which qualifies as a COA), PTSD and Migraines on 21 Feb 2017 and applied for SSDI on 13 Mar 2017, am I gonna get dinged for not having at least 6 months of therapy or treatment before applying? Since I've had this condition for who knows how long, my VA Doc said I may only have 4-8 years to live?  So time is wasting!  My onset date will most likely be Oct 2015, that's when I had to resign from my federal nuclear support job due to memory issues.  Since then I've had 3 unsuccessful attempts at working due to my mental issues which I was unaware of.  So as mentioned above, I was finally diagnosed w/my mental condition in Feb 17.  I read in the forum about the requirements to show treatment for an extended period of time and without proof one my be denied?  My treatment consists of meds and visiting the Vet Center once a week for counseling for PTSD which I found to be a waste of my time.  My counselor had PTSD and who knows what else and was worse off than myself! lol  Any info would put what's left of my brain at ease! :)   


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Re: Another Compassionate Allowance (COA) Question
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 01:22:02 PM »
Fortunately/unfortunately since you have Alzheimer's disease and it is not a disease that really improves with time/treatment, then not having 6 months of treatment prior to applying should not be an issue.

If you were applying for a condition that could be substantially helped by treatment, then having 6+ months of treatment records would be more important.  For example,  if you were applying for just the depression, PTSD, & migraines - because some people with those conditions have relief with treatment & SSA would wonder if you would have improvement with treatment.


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Re: Another Compassionate Allowance (COA) Question
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 01:48:14 PM »
Thanks Helper!  I guess most of the feeds I read are dealing with non-COA issues so I guess I shouldn't worry about those since COA cases appear to be handled different.  Thanks! 


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