SSA Compassionate Allowance updates to be made in August 2012The Compassionate Allowance program was created to expedite the disability process for SSI and SSDI applicants who have a severe mental or physical health condition that obviously meet the SSA disability standards.
According to the SSA website, the conditions contained on the Compassionate Allowance list were gathered at public outreach hearings, comments received from the Social Security and Disability Determination Service communities, counsel of medical and scientific experts, and our research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In 2011, the Commissioner of the SSA announced that the Social Security Administration would add another 12 new conditions to their CAL list. As of 2011, there are 113 conditions on the Compassionate Allowance list.
Compassionate Allowance Updates for 2012
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has given notice that effective August 13, 2012, they will add another 52 conditions to the Compassionate Allowance List. Commissioner Astrue recently announced the addition of 52 Compassionate Allowance conditions to the current list, bringing the total number of CAL conditions to 165.
Beginning in August 2012, the Social Security Administrations computer systems will automatically flag incoming SSI and SSDI applications for claimants with these new conditions. Notification through the SSA disability software will be sent to the disability examiner to ensure that the SSI and SSDI cases are given priority processing by the SSA.
What about cases which meet the new CAL requirements which are submitted prior to the new process? Disability examiners will not be automatically notified about pending SSI and SSDI cases but should be able to manually expedite the affected cases.
Questions from the Public about the new conditions
According to the SSA, the public should be notified that the new conditions will not be on the list until August 13, 2012, that the claimant should go ahead and apply for SSI and SSDI even if the new conditions are not yet considered part of the list. Claimants are also allowed to make an appointment with an SSA representative if needed to discuss the disability process.
What conditions are going to be added to the Compassionate Allowance List?
|Alobar Holoprosencephaly||Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis Grade III|
|Alpers Disease||Malignant Brain Stem Glioma- Childhood|
|Alpha Mannosidosis||Malignant Melanoma with metastases|
|Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site||Mastocytosis Type IV|
|Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis||Medulloblastoma with metastasis|
|Child Neuroblastoma||Merkel Cell Carcinoma with metastases|
|Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma||Myocolonic Epilepsy and Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome|
|Chondrosarcoma with multimodal therapy||Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis|
|Cornelia de Lange Syndrome-Classic Form||Obliterative Bronchiolitis|
|Ewings Sarcoma||Ohtahara Syndrome|
|Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma with metastases||Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia|
|Fucosidosis-Type 1||Pearson Syndrome|
|Galactosialidosis-Early Infantile Type||Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Classic Form|
|Glioma Grade III and IV||Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Connatal Form|
|Hallervorden-Spatz Disease||Peripheral Nerve Cancer-metastatic or recurrent|
|Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome||Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata|
|Hydranencephaly||Schindler Disease Type 1|
|Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis||Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome|
|Hypophosphatasia Perinatal lethal form||Spinal Nerve Root Cancer-metastatic or recurrent|
|I Cell disease||Stiff Person Syndrome|
|Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease||Tabes Dorsalis|
|Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease||Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome|
|Kufs Disease Type A and B||Xeroderma Pigmentosum|
If your SSI or SSDI application is denied and you are filing an appeal, if it is after August 2012 you should indicate that your condition is now part of the Compassionate Allowance List.
- SSDI and SSI: How many times can I apply for benefits? (disabilitybenefitshome.com)