35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

Social Security Disability Benefits Application Process Fast-Tracked for 35 More Serious ConditionsThe Social Security Administration (SSA) on December 6 issued a press release, announcing that it has added 35 medical conditions to its list of “Compassionate Allowances” – a list of serious diseases and medical conditions for which one is entitled to “fast track” consideration of an application for disability benefits. This brings the list to include 200 of the most serious medical conditions.

The conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list are deemed by the Social Security Administration, by definition, to meet its standards for disability benefits.

This means that Americans with these most serious disabilities can “receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years,” SSA indicates.

The conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list include “primarily … certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children,” according to SSA’s release.

A complete list of conditions qualifying for the Compassionate Allowances fast track process, and more information about the program, can be found at: www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

“Nearly 200,000 people with severe disabilities nationwide have been quickly approved, usually in less than two weeks, through the [Compassionate Allowances] program since it began in October 2008,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, in his announcement of the 35 new conditions added to the fast-track program.

The press release issued by the Social Security Administration on Thursday, December 6 is shown below. A list of the 35 new conditions added to the Compassionate Allowances program is found at the end of the press release below:


Press Release

Thursday, December 6, 2012 Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer
For Immediate Release 410-965-8904
press.office@ssa.gov
Social Security Announces New Compassionate Allowances Conditions

Fast Track Disability Process Will Now Include 200 Conditions

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Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced 35 additional Compassionate Allowances conditions are in effect, bringing the total number of conditions in the expedited disability process to 200.  Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.  The program fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years.  These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children.

“We have achieved another milestone for the Compassionate Allowances program, reaching 200 conditions,” Commissioner Astrue said.  “Nearly 200,000 people with severe disabilities nationwide have been quickly approved, usually in less than two weeks, through the program since it began in October 2008.”

By definition, these conditions are so severe that Social Security does not need to fully develop the applicant’s work history to make a decision.  As a result, Social Security eliminated this part of the application process for people who have a condition on the list.

Social Security has held seven public hearings and worked with experts to develop the list of Compassionate Allowances conditions.  The hearings also have helped the agency identify ways to improve the disability process for applicants with Compassionate Allowances conditions.

For more information on the Compassionate Allowances initiative, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

New Compassionate Allowances Conditions

  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 Myocrditis
  1. Hepatopulmonary Syndrome
  2. Hepatorenal Syndrome
  3. Jervell and Lange-Nielsen Syndrome
  4. Leiomyosarcoma
  5. Malignant Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
  6. Malignant Germ Cell Tumor
  7. MECP 2 Duplication Syndrome
  8. Menkes Disease – Classic or Infantile Onset Form
  9. NFU-1 Mitochondrial Disease
  10. Non-Ketotic Hyperglcinemia
  11. Peritoneal Mucinous Carcinomatosis
  12. Phelan- McDermid Syndrome
  13. Retinopathy of Prematurity – Stage V
  14. Roberts Syndrome
  15. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency – Childhood
  16. Sinonasal Cancer
  17. Transplant Coronary Artery Vasculopathy
  18. Usher Syndrome – Type I

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