Social Security looks at a variety of information sources in order to determine which conditions should be included on the compassionate allowances list, including the National Institutes of Health, medical doctors, and scientific experts. They also listen to the public – comments from local offices and the Disability Determination Services contribute to the decision, as does information from public hearings. Some of the recent public hearings have been on rare diseases, cancers, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease and multiple organ transplants and autoimmune diseases.
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Recently, the 200th condition was added to the list. To recognize this continuing improvement of Social Security Disability services to the most disabled people, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration is holding an event in Washington DC. The reception is to be held Thursday, December 6 at 10am in the Hart Senate Building. The event is open to the public.