On August 20, 2018 the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that five new conditions will be added to the Compassionate Allowances program.

Fibrolamellar Cancer, Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMIHS), Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation Syndrome (MCAP), Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System and Tetrasomy 18p—were added to the list. Adding to the list allows the SSA to ensure those with qualifying disabilities can quickly receive the benefits they need.

Many people applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits are already out of the work force.  These benefits carry a lot of value to disabled individuals as they can be a life line to many.  Waiting for a decision to be made can be a lengthy process, but some people with severe disabling conditions, may be able to get a response sooner.

The program was created to ensure individuals with severe disabilities are granted a decision on their case within days rather than the standard time.  When someone applies for disability benefits, the typical time frame for an application to be awarded or denied is several months.

To be eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program, Social Security must identify that the applicant’s disease or condition meets their standard for disability.  The program identifies claims when people apply for disability by using new technology that can easily identify potential Compassionate Allowances.  This helps them make a decision quicker.

Social Security selects Compassionate Allowances by using the information they receive from public outreach hearings and the counsel of medical and scientific experts.  The list of Compassionate Allowances are disabilities that include but are not limited to various cancers, diseases and syndromes.

You can visit the SSA’s website here to see the full list of Compassionate Allowances.

 Getting Help Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

You should apply for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as possible. If you become disabled and will be unable to work or your disability is life threatening, do not hesitate to apply. The process for receiving these monthly payments and benefits can take a long time. It is important that you begin the application process early so that you can begin receiving benefits as soon as possible.

If you are considering applying for either SSD or SSI benefits, do not delay.  Contact and experienced Social Security Disability Attorney to find out how. Call the Social Security Disability attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.

Source: SSA.gov, “Compassionate Allowances: Five Conditions Added to Fast Track”