Compassionate Allowances: Five Conditions Added to Fast Track

August 23, 2018 • By

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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. Shelley H.

    I have severe health issues. This has been a on going problem for yrs An getting worse . Major depression losing everything I worked so hard for my whole life , An not being able to do my job as a hair stylist an makeup artist has torn me apart. I have to keep feet an legs propped up 80% of the day. Feet an legs swell badly to were the bust open An fever is like hot coals I’m trying to walk. My hearing was in April 2018 I am patiently waiting on a peice of mail given me a decision! Pray everything is complete. Ty

    • Barbara S.

      Hi Shelley, I pray you got your answer!! I am waiting on a answer for the exact same reason. I feel for you as that swelling and busting open and burning like being branded is so bad. I am praying not to lose my legs. I to can’t work as a pharmacy technician any more because of this condition. Good luck to you. I would love to know what the outcome of your answer was. Will be praying for you .

  2. Debi V.

    If HR1205 is approved for Windfall, is it going to be eligible to people who decided to go ahead and take their SSA at 62 because they weren’t going to get hardly anything anyway.

  3. Keith B.

    Not counting the two previous denials(Lack of medical records) I’ve been waiting since January for a determination. I’ve made sure to have everything accessible to SSA this time. So, now I wait. I can’t even look for an apartment or risk taking a job(not that I’m hireable).

    • Jennifer J.

      I understand how you feel trust me. I have epilepsy; and in September of I suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost all cabinet ability and had to have brain surgery in a lot of Rehabilitation. I entered on duty for the Department of Homeland Security six months after that for some reason I rebounded very well but the long-term ramifications of a TBI or non noun and they caught up with me and so I went on leave without pay for I’m still on it and I’ve had an administrative hearing and the general bucket letter denial, if it were not for my Father I would be dead.
      I sometimes get the “backlog” issues but I do not think they want me back in a trauma room again!
      Hang Tuff~

    • Bleu M.

      Have you had a hearing with Social Security yet? Once you do, things go pretty quickly. I don’t know your circumstances, but if no one in your household is working, you can receive public assistance while waiting for your acceptance or denial. You will have to pay the funds (and they will not give you much) back out of your settlement check.

    • Deirdre

      Hang in there. If you take a job, any know no of job they deny your claim again because you are employable. The will only justification their previous denial. I was going to school, online snd was told if I could do that then I was eligible for SSI. I was shocked to hear that, and seeing that I was struggling and falling behind, I dropped out.

  4. Teresa J.

    Awesome update. Thanks.

  5. April O.

    This is great news!

  6. Carol F.

    I have something wrong with my bladder. I can’t hole my urinate. It run out of me can’t hold.

  7. Kerry L.

    Website link does not work for compassionate conditions please fix asap

  8. Sharon J.


  9. lenka

    public email qqqooo@seznam.cz

  10. Jessica S.

    What if you are half blind.?
    What if you have seizures?
    Are those reasons to receive disability?

    • Ray F.

      Hi Jessica. You may find our listing of impairments useful. The Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, much different than the requirements for other government programs.
      We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability.
      To learn more about the process we use to decide if you are disabled under our rules, visit our Disability Planner: How We Decide If You Are Disabled. Thanks!

      • faith

        Buenos dias! the courts find guilty plea of a fraud social security ID on my SS number stolen at my work/job by a employee 30 years ago, calling me, earls spending income disabled

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