Expanded Compassionate Allowances for Social Security Disability and SSI Claimants

Social Security Disability and SSI claimants now have more opportunities to get their cases fast-tracked for certain conditions.  The Social Security Administration announced 13 new Compassionate Allowances conditions involving the immune system and neurological disorders.  The Compassionate Allowances program fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that claimants with the most serious disabilities receive benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. 

The Compassionate Allowances initiative identifies claims where the nature of the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets the statutory standard for disability. The Social Security Administration launched the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008 with a list of 50 diseases and conditions.  The announcement of 13 new conditions, effective in December, will increase the total number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to 113.  The conditions include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, a number of rare genetic disorders of children, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and other disorders. 

The current list of Compassionate Allowance is listed below with those in bold being ones added on July 14, 2011.

1          Acute Leukemia

2          Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

3          Alexander Disease (ALX) – Neonatal and Infantile

4          Alstrom Syndrome

5          Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia

6          Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

7          Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable            or recurrent

8          Aortic Atresia

9          Astrocytoma – Grade III and IV

10        Ataxia Telangiectasia

11        Batten Disease

12        Bilateral Retinoblastoma

13        Bladder Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

14        Bone Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

15        Breast Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

16        Canavan Disease (CD)

17        Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome

18        Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) – Blast Phase

19        Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – Adult

20        Cri du Chat Syndrome

21        Degos Disease, Systemic

22        Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

23        Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18)

24        Eisenmenger Syndrome

25        Endomyocardial Fibrosis

26        Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor)

27        Esophageal Cancer

28        Farber’s Disease (FD) – Infantile

29        Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

30        Friedreichs Ataxia (FRDA)

31        Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Picks Disease -Type A – Adult

32        Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

33        Gallbladder Cancer

34        Gaucher Disease (GD) – Type 2

35        Glioblastoma Multiforme (Adult Brain Tumor)

36        Glutaric Acidemia Type II (Neonatal)

37        Head and Neck Cancers – with distant metastasis or inoperable or uresectable

38        Heart Transplant Graft Failure

39        Heart Transplant Wait List, 1A/1B

40        Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Familial Type

41        Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

42        Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

43        Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)

44        Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses

45        Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)

46        Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa, Lethal Type

47        Kidney Cancer – inoperable or unresectable

48        Krabbe Disease (KD) – Infantile

49        Large Intestine Cancer – with distant metastasis or inoperable, unresectable or   recurrent

50        Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses

51        Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Recipient

52        Leigh’s Disease

53        Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS)

54        Liver Cancer

55        Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)

56        Maple Syrup Urine Disease

57        Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

58        Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) – Late Infantile

59        Mitral Valve Atresia

60        Mixed Dementias

61        MPS I, formerly known as Hurler Syndrome

62        MPS II, formerly known as Hunter Syndrome

63        MPS III, formerly known as Sanfilippo Syndrome

64        Mucosal Malignant Melanoma

65        Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy

66        Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) – Type A

67        Niemann-Pick Disease-Type C

68        Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer – with metastases to or beyond the hilar nodes or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

69        Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency

70        Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) – Type II

71        Ovarian Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

72        Pancreatic Cancer

73        Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13)

74        Peritoneal Mesothelioma

75        Pleural Mesothelioma

76        Pompe Disease – Infantile

77        Primary Cardiac Amyloidosis

78        Primary Progressive Aphasia

79        Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy

80        Pulmonary Atresia

81        Rett (RTT) Syndrome

82        Salivary Tumors

83        Sandhoff Disease

84        Single Ventricle

85        Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, or Uterus)

86        Small Cell Lung Cancer

87        Small Intestine Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or   recurrent

88        Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – Types 0 And 1

89        Spinocerebellar Ataxia

90        Stomach Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

91        Subacute Sclerosis Panencephalitis

92        Tay Sachs Disease – Infantile Type

93        Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Type 1

94        Thyroid Cancer

95        Tricuspid Atresia

96        Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

97        Ureter Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

98        Walker Warburg Syndrome

99        Wolman Disease

100      Zellweger Syndrome

If you need more information about a personal injury matter (car wreck, boating accident, slip and fall, etc.), Social Security Disability or SSI matter, EEOICPA claim, or a workers compensation matter, please contact the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser for a free case evaluation.  We can be reached at (865) 584-1211 or (800) 806-4611, by e-mail at John@farmerdreiser.com, or through our website.  Our office handles claims throughout East Tennessee, including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City, Morristown, Maryville, Rogersville, Dandridge, Tazewell, New Tazewell, Jefferson City, Strawberry Plains, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Loudon, Kingston, Halls, Maynardville, Crossville, Cookeville, Sweetwater, Lenoir City, Athens, Oak Ridge, Clinton, LaFollette, Lake City, Jacksboro, Bean Station, Cosby, Newport, White Pine, Mosheim, Wartburg, Sunbright, Pigeon Forge, and Deer Lodge.


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