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SSA Adds Conditions to Compassionate Allowances Program


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12/27/2012
John L. Keefe
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has added 35 additional conditions to the Compassionate Allowances program, bringing the total number of conditions included in the SSA’s fast-track approval program to 200.

Conditions given compassionate allowances are diseases and disabilities that by definition meet the SSA’s standards for disability benefits. Those who qualify for the program receive SSI and SSDI benefit decisions within weeks rather than waiting months or even years for a decision. Conditions that are eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program include certain aggressive cancers, adult brain disorders, and several serious and rare disorders that affect children. To qualify for inclusion in the program, a disability must be so severe that the SSA does not need a complete work history from the applicant to determine eligibility.

The new conditions added as of December 2012 include:

  1.  Adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  2. Adult onset Huntington disease
  3. Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome
  4. Alveolar soft part sarcoma
  5. Aplastic anemia
  6. Beta thalassemia major
  7. Bilateral optic atrophy – infantile
  8. Caudal regression syndrome – types III and IV
  9. Child T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma
  10. Congenital lymphedema
  11. DeSanctis Cacchione syndrome
  12. Dravet syndrome
  13. Endometrial stromal sarcoma
  14. Erdheim Chester disease
  15. Fatal familial insomnia
  16. Fryns syndrome
  17. Fulminant giant cell myocarditis
  18. Hepatopulmonary syndrome
  19. Hepatorenal syndrome
  20. Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome
  21. Leiomyosarcoma
  22. Malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  23. Malignant germ cell tumor
  24. MECP2 duplication syndrome
  25. Menkes disease – classic or infantile onset form
  26. NFU-1 mitochondrial disease
  27. Nonketotic hyperglycinemia
  28. Peritoneal mucinous carcinomatosis
  29. Phelan-McDermid syndrome
  30. Retinopathy of prematurity – stage V
  31. Roberts syndrome
  32. Severe combined immunodeficiency – childhood
  33. Sinonasal cancer
  34. Transplant coronary artery vasculopathy
  35. Usher Syndrome – type I

Do you have questions about disability benefits? Browse our website to learn the criteria for SSA approval for a wide range of disabilities and conditions. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss your disability application with a Massachusetts SSDI lawyer, contact Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847.



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