Social Security Expands List of Compassionate Benefits to Speed ​​Up Disability Application Process


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The Social Security Administration has added 12 new health regulations under its Compassionate Allowances program, meaning people with these conditions will now have faster access to Social Security benefits.

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The program is designed to quickly identify claims where the applicant’s condition or illness clearly meets the legal standard for Social Security disability. Due to the serious nature of many of these conditions, claims are often only allowed based on a medical confirmation of the diagnosis.

On Monday, Acting Social Security Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi announced that the 12 new conditions for Compassionate Allowances are:

  • Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
  • Blast plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm
  • Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease
  • Microvillus Inclusion Disease – Child
  • Mowat-Wilson syndrome
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome with excessive blasts
  • NUT carcinoma
  • Pfeiffer Syndrome – Types II and III
  • Pontocerebellar hypoplasia
  • Posterior cortical atrophy
  • Renal amyloidosis – AL type
  • Sarcomatoid mesothelioma.

With these 12 new conditions, the Compassionate Allowances program now covers a total of 266 conditions. According to the SSA, more than 800,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through the accelerated, policy-compliant disability process.

“The Social Security Administration is committed to reducing barriers and ensuring that people who qualify for benefits receive them,” Kijakazi said in a statement. “Our Compassionate Allowances program allows us to reinforce that commitment by speeding up the application process for people with the most severe disabilities.”

When you apply for disability benefits, the SSA must request your medical records so that it can make an accurate decision. The agency uses leading-edge technology — including electronic health records — to identify potential cases of Compassionate Allowances and make quick decisions.

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For more information about the program, including a list of all the requirements for Compassionate Allowances, please visit the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances page.

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