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SSA makes updates to the Compassionate Allowance List

One of the most common questions asked by disability applicants is, “How can I expedite my disability claim?” Speeding up a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) case can be done in several ways, but one of the best is having a condition on the Compassionate Allowance list. The Compassionate Allowance list is a method for quickly identifying conditions and diseases which by definition are disabling.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), starting in December 2012, 35 additional Compassionate Allowances conditions are in effect, bringing the total number of conditions in the expedited disability process to 200.



The good news for disability applicants is that if you have a condition on the Compassionate Allowance list your SSDI or SSI case can be processed in days, instead of weeks, months or years. Consider, however, that conditions on this list are generally cancers, adult brain disorders and very rare disorders which affect children.

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security noted last week that, “We have achieved another milestone for the Compassionate Allowances program, reaching 200 conditions,” Commissioner Astrue said. “Nearly 200,000 people with severe disabilities nationwide have been quickly approved, usually in less than two weeks, through the program since it began in October 2008.”

How are the applications processed so quickly? Unlike other applications the SSA will not review the applicant’s work history prior to making a disability decision. They will instead conclude that if the applicant has a specific condition they do not have the ability to perform substantial gainful activity.

Conditions which have been added this month include the following:













New Compassionate Allowances Conditions




  1. Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

  2. Adult Onset Huntington Disease

  3. Allan-Herndon-Dudley Syndrome

  4. Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma

  5. Aplastic Anemia

  6. Beta Thalassemia Major

  7. Bilateral Optic Atrophy- Infantile

  8. Caudal Regression Syndrome –
    Types III and IV

  9. Child T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma

  10. Congenital Lymphedema

  11. DeSanctis Cacchione Syndrome

  12. Dravet Syndrome

  13. Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma

  14. Erdheim Chester Disease

  15. Fatal Familial Insomnia

  16. Fryns Syndrome

  17. Fulminant Giant Cell Myocrditis




  1. Hepatopulmonary Syndrome

  2. Hepatorenal Syndrome

  3. Jervell and Lange-Nielsen Syndrome

  4. Leiomyosarcoma

  5. Malignant Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

  6. Malignant Germ Cell Tumor

  7. MECP 2 Duplication Syndrome

  8. Menkes Disease - Classic or Infantile Onset Form

  9. NFU-1 Mitochondrial Disease

  10. Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia

  11. Peritoneal Mucinous Carcinomatosis

  12. Phelan- McDermid Syndrome

  13. Retinopathy of Prematurity - Stage V

  14. Roberts Syndrome

  15. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency - Childhood

  16. Sinonasal Cancer

  17. Transplant Coronary Artery Vasculopathy

  18. Usher Syndrome - Type I



Hiring a Disability Lawyer


The good news if you have a condition which is on the SSA Compassionate Allowance List than you should not need a disability lawyer to be approved; you should be approved immediately.

What if your condition is not on the list? You can win benefits by proving that your condition equals or exceeds a condition in the SSA Listing of Impairments or you can prove, through a medical vocational allowance,  that you do not have the capacity to work.
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