SSA Announces Plan to Expedite Disability Claims Involving Certain Medical Conditions

Last month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) added 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, including a dozen cancers.  The Compassionate Allowances program expedites disability decisions for Americans with the most serious disabilities to ensure that they receive their benefit decisions quickly.  In SSA’s press release, Acting Commissioner, Carolyn Colvin, stated that “Social Security benefits are a vital lifeline for individuals who are facing severe diseases and we must ensure that they receive benefits they rightly deserve.”  Congressman Elijah Cummings supported the decision to add prostate cancer to the Compassionate Allowances list, “a decision that will save lives, and give more patients access to treatment options.”  The new Compassionate Allowances conditions are listed below.

New Compassionate Allowances Conditions

1. Angiosarcoma

2. Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor

3. Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction

4. Coffin- Lowry Syndrome

5. Esthesioneuroblastoma

6. Giant Axonal Neuropathy

7. Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome

8. Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma

9. Joubert Syndrome

10. Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis

11. Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent

12. Malignant Ectomesenchymoma

13. Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor

14. Marshall-Smith Syndrome

15. Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III

16. Pallister-Killian Syndrome

17. Progressive Bulbar Palsy

18. Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases

19. Revesz Syndrome

20. Seckel Syndrome

21. Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome

22. Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus

23. Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent

24. X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease

25. X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

Follow the link below to see the complete list of Compassionate Allowances Conditions.
  Complete List of Compassionate Allowances Conditions

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