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Social Security Disability adds Compassionate Allowances

Have you heard of the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances? It's a list of diseases and other medical conditions that enable an applicant to receive quick approval of Social Security Disability benefits.

Social Security recently announced new CAL (Compassionate Allowances) additions to ensure that people with these conditions get decisions on their benefits in a matter of days, rather than months or even a year or more, as some Newark applicants have had to endure.

The newly added conditions involve medical problems with a variety of body systems, including neurological, immune and digestive.

The acting commissioner of Social Security said "...disability benefits are a vital lifeline for individuals who are facing severe diseases and we must ensure that they receive the benefits they rightly deserve."

Since implementation of the CAL process of quickly identifying qualifying medical conditions and then expediting SSDI applications, nearly 200,000 people have gotten fast-track approval of benefits claims.

Social Security says new technologies made the CAL process possible, uniting disability advocates, medical professionals, government and the affected members of the public.

One of the new CAL additions getting attention is prostate cancer. The National Cancer Institute says on its website that nearly 250,000 new cases were diagnosed last year and that more than 29,000 men were killed by it.

Here's the full list of new CAL additions:

  • 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 applicants who have had an SSDI claim denied, an experienced attorney can guide the applicant through the complex appeals process.

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

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