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Social Security Disability Adds New Compassionate Allowances

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Did you know that Social Security Disability (SSD) has a program known as the Compassionate Allowances program? The program allows SSD to identify claims where the claimant's illness or impairment clearly meets the definition of disability as established by the agency. Since its inception, the program has fast-tracked the claims of more than 200,000 seriously ill or impaired workers.

SSD has a list of conditions that meet the criteria for inclusion in the Compassionate Allowances program. The agency recently added 25 new conditions and illness to its list of disabilities that clearly meet SSD's requirements for approving claims for disability benefits. These are conditions that affect the digestive, neurological, immune, and other body systems. People who apply for SSD benefits with one of the listed conditions can expect to receive a decision in days, rather than in months or years.

The Social Security Administration has held hearings and gathered information from stakeholders and medical experts to develop its list of conditions that qualify applicants for the Compassionate Allowances program. The agency has used the information gathered at the hearings to identify conditions that meet the definition of disability according to the SSA.

The conditions recently added to the list for Compassionate Allowances are:

  • Angiosarcoma
  • Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
  • Coffin- Lowry Syndrome
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Giant Axonal Neuropathy
  • Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome
  • Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma
  • Joubert Syndrome
  • Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
  • Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent
  • Malignant Ectomesenchymoma
  • Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Marshall-Smith Syndrome
  • Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III
  • Pallister-Killian Syndrome
  • Progressive Bulbar Palsy
  • Prostate Cancer - Hormone Refractory Disease - or with visceral metastases
  • Revesz Syndrome
  • Seckel Syndrome
  • Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome
  • Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent
  • X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease
  • X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

If you have one of these conditions and can no longer work, you may be eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program within Social Security Disability. To learn more, do what so many others have done: Call Binder & Binder®, America's most successful disability advocates. Learn how they can help you get the benefits you so badly need and deserve.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Social Security Announces New Compassionate Allowances Conditions," Jan. 16, 2014.

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