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The Social Security Administration Compassionate Allowance program quickly identifies claims where the applicant’s medical condition or disease clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability.  Due to the severe nature of these conditions, these claims are often allowed on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone.  To date, nearly 900,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this accelerated disability process.  The entire list comprises 278 conditions.

SSA added 12 conditions to the Compassionate Allowance list:   1p36 Deletion Syndrome, Anaplastic Ependymoma, Calciphylaxis, Cholangiocarcinoma, FOXG1 Syndrome, Leber Congenital Amaurosis, Metastatic Endometrial Adenocarcinoma, Paraneoplastic Cerebellar Degeneration, Pineoblastoma – Childhood, Primary Omental Cancer, Sarcomatoid Carcinoma of the Lung – Stages II-IV, and Trisomy 9.

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The Social Security Administration operates a Compassionate Allowance Program that identifies certain medical conditions that it will consider disabling.  These conditions allow SSA to accelerate claims processing for disability.  These medical conditions usually include certain cancers, some being at a later stage, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare diseases that affect children.  Waiting times for approval are reduced by several months if your condition qualifies.

Recently SSA announced 12 new conditions to its list.  These are:   Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma, Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease, Microvillus Inclusion Disease – Child, Mowat-Wilson Syndrome, Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts, NUT Carcinoma, Pfeiffer Syndrome – Types II and III, Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia, Posterior Cortical Atrophy, Renal Amyloidosis – AL Type, and Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma.

SSA receives information from the public, medical experts, the disability program administrators, research from the National Institute of Health and public hearings to determine if new conditions should to be added to the list.

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The Social Security Administration recently added a number of new conditions that are eligible for expedited processing of disability benefits under its Compassionate Allowances program.

The Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program allows for persons who are suffering from certain chronic or serious conditions to receive disability benefits quicker.  Claims filed under this program are eligible for expedited processing.  You might have your claim for disability benefits processed in a matter of weeks rather than several months or even a year as with a regular claim.

The list of conditions that are eligible for expedited processing is updated regularly.   That list now includes 12 new conditions including different types of carcinomas as well as disabling muscular disorders.  They are:

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced the addition of several conditions to its Compassionate Allowances programs. This program allows persons with certain medical conditions that are deemed to be very severe attention to have their claims processed faster. The processing time for a claim is typically reduced by several months. Claims that fall under Compassionate Allowances have access to the agency’s special technology that allows it to identify these medically disabling conditions and expedite processing of these claims.

The recently added conditions include:

CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder

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Certain medical conditions are so rare or serious that an applicant for disability benefits cannot afford to wait for their claim to be processed and approved. These conditions are included in a special Social Security program called Compassionate Allowances which allows these claims to be expedited.

A typical disability benefits claim can take months to be approved. A majority of all claims are denied at the initial stage, which means that most applicants will go through the long process of filing an appeal before their claim is finally approved. However, a person suffering from an especially aggressive form of cancer may not be in a position to wait to get his claim approved. Under the Compassionate Allowances program, however, the speed of claims processing is accelerated so that claims are processed quickly, provided you meet all the criteria for approval of a claim.

Many types of cancer, brain diseases, and a number of other conditions are included in the listing for eligibility. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will use its technology and resources to identify if the condition meets the criteria of a disability qualifying for Compassionate Allowances. Claims filed under Compassionate Allowances are processed within a period of 19 days on average.

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Some of those suffering from cancer may be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration (SSA) Compassionate Allowance Program. One qualifies for Compassionate Allowances if one of the following has occurred:

  • The cancer has spread beyond the original region.
  • The cancer is inoperable.
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Early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s is a relatively rare type of dementia that typically strikes people below the age of 65. Approximately 5% of people currently diagnosed with dementia in the United States are believed to be suffering from early onset dementia. In most cases of early onset dementia, symptoms begin when the person is in his 40s or 60s. It’s not clear why some people develop symptoms so much earlier than others. Obviously, symptoms like forgetfulness, memory loss, and subtle speech changes at a young age can be very traumatic and confusing. Going to work can be an overwhelming affair because of the frequent disruptions caused by memory loss and cognitive malfunctioning.

Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has added early onset dementia to the list of programs covered under its Compassionate Allowances program. Filing under the Compassionate Allowances program can be very beneficial to someone suffering from early onset dementia because so many of these claims are rejected initially based on the person’s age. This can also allow for expedited processing.

If your loved one is showing signs of forgetfulness or language difficulties, don’t automatically attribute these to the aging process. A neurologist will use blood tests, brain imaging, and other tests to diagnose early onset dementia.

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A woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy can lead to extreme fatigue, and gainful activity is usually impossible during this time. Certain types of breast cancer, including unresectable or inoperable breast cancer, qualify for expedited processing of disability claims under the Compassionate Allowances program. When a cancer is as serious as this, it is important to make sure that your claim is filed with all relevant documentation and evidence to ensure that the claim is processed quickly.

Keep in mind that if the documentation, lab reports and pathological evidence you have provided is not deemed sufficient, the agency may deny your claim. Talk to an attorney and get your claim reviewed thoroughly before you submit it to maximize your chances of a successful claim.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with breast cancer, talk to Lisa Siegel, Georgia Disability Attorney, and discuss how you can begin the process of filing a claim.


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The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently added Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System to its Compassionate Allowances program. This is a neurodegenerative condition that causes bleeding in the brain. Those with this condition suffer from deposits of hemosiderin in their brain or spinal cord, which can cause chronic bleeding. This often results in loss of hearing and progressive gait ataxia, the loss of full control over one’s gait.

Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System is not a genetic disease and can occur as a result of surgery, trauma, or other factors. An aneurysm, for instance, can result in this condition. Patients who suffer from this condition often complain of multiple ailments, and diagnosis is often tricky because this is one of the most rare neurodegenerative conditions.

Typically, processing of a disability benefits claim can take between 6 and 12 months. However, when a claim involves a condition or disease that is included in the Compassionate Allowances program, the amount of time required to process a claim is significantly reduced. In many cases, just a diagnosis of the disorder will allow the claimant to qualify for disability benefits. Typically, a claim may be processed within 2 to 3 months after being filed under Compassionate Allowances.

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently added Megalencephaly-Capillary Malformation Syndrome to the list of disorders and conditions included in its Compassionate Allowances program. This program allows expedited approval of disability benefits claims.

Megalencephaly is a condition that is characterized by overgrowth of tissues in the body and abnormalities of the tiny blood vessels in the skin. A person who suffers from this condition will have an unusually large head. He may also suffer severe brain abnormality and have excessive brain fluid. There may also be abnormalities in brain development, which can lead to cognitive and learning difficulties as well as a general intellectual disability.

The condition is also associated with speech and language delays, poor muscle tone, and difficulties in swallowing. In some cases, the excessive growth can be seen in other parts of the body, and sufferers may have a limb that is excessively sized compared to the other one, or oversized fingers or toes. The condition is caused by genetic mutations. There is no complete cure for this condition, and management may involve a number of approaches, including neurology, cardiology, ophthalmology, and physiotherapy.

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