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Compassionate Allowances list expanded for SSDI benefits

Approximately 200,000 people have been helped by the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowance provision. The program now includes over 200 conditions for which a Social Security Disability benefits claim is expedited.

The administration recently added 25 conditions to the list, making it easier for those with certain serious health conditions to get disability benefits faster.

The newly expanded Compassionate Allowances include a variety of disorders affecting neurological, immune and digestive systems.

Social Security's acting commissioner said the Compassionate Allowances program is "a vital lifeline for individuals who are facing severe diseases and we must ensure that they receive the benefits they rightly deserve."

The administration has chosen diseases and conditions that clearly meet the SSDI standard for disability.

One congressional representative said he was "extremely pleased" that among the newly added conditions is prostate cancer. He said its addition will help save lives.

Here is the full list of additions to Compassionate Allowances:

  • Angiosarcoma
  • Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
  • Coffin- Lowry Syndrome
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Giant Axonal Neuropathy
  • Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome
  • Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma
  • Joubert Syndrome
  • Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
  • Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent
  • Malignant Ectomesenchymoma
  • Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Marshall-Smith Syndrome
  • Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III
  • Pallister-Killian Syndrome
  • Progressive Bulbar Palsy
  • Prostate Cancer - Hormone Refractory Disease - or with visceral metastases
  • Revesz Syndrome
  • Seckel Syndrome
  • Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome
  • Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent
  • X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease
  • X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

For those appealing an SSDI claim denial, a conversation with an experienced attorney can help clarify that complex process.

Source: Senior Journal, "New Compassionate Allowance Conditions Added by Social Security for SSI, SSDI Programs," Jan. 16, 2014

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