Disability

Compassionate Allowances: Five Conditions Added to Fast Track

August 23, 2018 • By

Last Updated: August 23, 2018

Quickly and accurately processing disability claims is important to us. It is through this commitment to you that we use the Compassionate Allowances program to help us identify and fast-track cases where people have diseases that are most likely to be approved for disability benefits.

On August 20, 2018, we added five conditions—Fibrolamellar Cancer, Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMIHS), Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation Syndrome (MCAP), Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System, and Tetrasomy 18p—to this essential list. Additions to the list allow us to ensure that those of you with qualifying disabilities can quickly receive the benefits you need.

Under the Social Security Act, we consider you disabled if you can’t work due to a severe medical condition that is expected to last at least one year, or result in death. More than 500,000 people with serious disabilities have been approved through this fast-track disability process, and the list of conditions is currently at 233 and growing. This list includes diseases such as pancreatic cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and acute leukemia.

The Compassionate Allowances program hurries help to those with the most severe conditions. If you, a friend, or family member have a severe condition, please visit our Compassionate Allowances website for more information about the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowance conditions.


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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Judith Garrett

    can I get compassionate allowances with alzheimers

    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Judith, thanks for your question. Individuals with Compassionate Allowance conditions may receive a decision on their claim in a matter of weeks, or it may take longer. It can vary depending on several factors, but primarily on how quickly we obtain medical evidence from a doctor or other medical source and whether an additional medical examination is necessary. For a listing of Compassionate Allowances, check out our Compassionate Allowances Conditions web page. We hope this is helpful.

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