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SSA Disability Announces 52 New “Fast Track” Qualifying Conditions


Posted on Sep 15, 2012

There was good news for Americans with disabilities on August 11, 2012. On that day, the Social Security Administration (SSA) expanded its list of conditions that qualify for fast track approval of disability benefits. 

According to Michael J. Astrue, SSA commissioner, 52 new conditions have been added to the Compassionate Allowances program. The conditions approved include neurological disorders, rare diseases, and certain cancers and will boost the number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to a total of 165.

The Compassionate Allowances program was formed in 2008 to help Americans with very serious conditions to be “fast tracked,” thereby speeding their disability decisions. For many, this means these decisions regarding their benefits can be made in days rather than months, or even longer. 

Astrue said, “Social Security will continue to work with the medical community and patient organizations to add more conditions. With our Compassionate Allowance program, we quickly approved disability benefits for nearly 61,000 people with severe disabilities in the past fiscal year and nearly 173,000 since the program began.”

For those who have any of the 165 qualifying conditions, this news brings hope of financial help before it is too late for some of the most disabled Americans. The diseases covered by the Compassionate Allowances program include brain disorders in adults, some types of cancer, rare genetic childhood disorders, immune system disorders, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.

The fast tracking of these disabilities was made possible by recent technology that allows the SSA to identify claims in which the applicant’s disability clearly meets all standards. Once identified, these applicants can be quickly qualified and begin receiving much-needed benefits.

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