The Social Security Administration has added 52 new conditions to its Compassionate Allowances Program, primarily involving neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases.
The Compassionate Allowances program is designed to fast-track disability decisions so that claimants with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days, instead of months or years.
According to Social Security, the Compassionate Allowances program has quickly approved disability benefits for nearly 61,000 people with severe disabilities in the past fiscal year, and nearly 173,000 applications since the program began.
Social Security launched the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008 with a list of 50 diseases and conditions. These 52 new conditions, effective in August 2012, will increase the total number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to 165. The conditions include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, a number of rare genetic disorders of children, early-onset Alzheimer's disease, immune system conditions, and other disorders.
New Compassionate Allowances Conditions:
Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site
Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Chondrosarcoma with multimodal therapy
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome-Classic Form
Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma with metastases
Fucosidosis - Type 1
Galactosialidosis - Early Infantile Type
Glioma Grade III and IV
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis
Hypophosphatasia Perinatal lethal Form
I Cell disease
Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease
Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease
Kufs Disease Type A and B
Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis Grade III
Malignant Brain Stem Gliomas-Childhood
Malignant Melanoma with metastases
Mastocytosis Type IV
Medulloblastoma with metastasis
Merkel Cell Carcinoma with metastases
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease Classic Form
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease Connatal Form
Peripheral Nerve Cancer metastatic or recurrent
Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome
Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata
Schindler Disease Type 1
Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome
Spinal Nerve Root Cancer- metastatic or recurrent
Stiff Person Syndrome
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