The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that it was adding 35 conditions to its Compassionate Allowances list. If you have a condition on the list, your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) may be approved more quickly because the SSA has already determined that these conditions meet the standards for disability. These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children.
If you have a condition on the list, SSA has already determined that you are disabled and cannot work because these conditions are so severe. However, adding these conditions to the Compassionate Allowances list will not affect the backlog of claims, as these diseases are so rare that granting them quickly will have no impact.
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The conditions that will now appear on the Compassionate Allowances list are:
- Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Adult Onset Huntington Disease
- Allan-Herndon-Dudley Syndrome
- Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
- Aplastic Anemia
- Beta Thalassemia Major
- Bilateral Optic Atrophy - Infantile
- Caudal Regression Syndrome - Types III and IV
- Child T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma
- Congenital Lymphedema
- DeSanctis Cacchione Syndrome
- Dravet Syndrome
- Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma
- Erdheim Chester Disease
- Fatal Familial Insomnia
- Fryns Syndrome
- Fulminant Giant Cell Myocarditis
- Hepatopulmonary Syndrome
- Hepatorenal Syndrome
- Jervell and Lange-Nielsen Syndrome
- Malignant Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
- Malignant Germ Cell Tumor
- MECP 2 Duplication Syndrome
- Menkes Disease - Classic or Infantile Onset Form
- NFU-1 Mitochondrial Disease
- Non-Ketotic Hyperglcinemia
- Peritoneal Mucinous Carcinomatosis
- Phelan- McDermid Syndrome
- Retinopathy of Prematurity - Stage V
- Roberts Syndrome
- Severe Combined Immunodeficiency - Childhood
- Sinonasal Cancer
- Transplant Coronary Artery Vasculopathy
- Usher Syndrome - Type I
The SSA proposes additions to the Compassionate Allowances list after reviewing information from medical and scientific experts, research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and public comments at hearings and from other sources.
Source: Sacramento Bee, "NORD Praises SSA for Expanding Program to Help People with Devastating Diseases," Dec. 6. 2012.