New Compassionate Allowance Categories Announced

On August 21,  Social Security, announced five new Compassionate Allowance conditions: fibrolamellar cancer, megacystis microcolon, intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome, megalencephaly capillary malformation syndrome, superficial siderosis of the central nervous system, and tetrasomy.

The Compassionate Allowances program identifies medical conditions and serious diseases that meet immediately Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.

For nearly a decade, the Compassionate Allowance list has helped identify and fast-track cases where individuals have diseases that are most likely to be approved for disability benefits. The program identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability.

Due to the nature of many of these conditions, these claims are allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone. To date, more than 500,000 people with serious disabilities were approved through this policy-compliant disability process. The list has grown to a total of 233 conditions, including diseases such as pancreatic cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and acute leukemia.