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

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Marion C.


  2. Tammy l.

    Why are you sending me these emails, I don’t and never have had cancer.. Could you please respond with an explanation?.

  3. Gilberto G.

    I have been fighting US Army CRSC, all my physical damage is Combat related since 2002 and have been getting my retirement by CRSC, but in year 2010 I was awarded 50% disability also combat related by the VA making me 100% Permanent and Total, but was denied PTSD, and was denied CRSC because I was not awarded a Purple heart, nor a CIB I am a Combat Engineer not an infantryman, in some cases our mission is deadlier then any infantry job we the engineers up to Vietnam, got no recognition for Combat. I need help to prove I served in Taiwan from Aug1958 to almost mid 1959 those that want to check : I re-enlisted 1958, and was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas and to: A Btry. 2nd BN. 71 st Artillery and traveld with that unit to Taiwan to defend the Formosa straights.against the Communist Chinese and from there to Okinawa,Japan to: D. Btry., 2nd BN, 56th Artillery mid 1959. CRSC says I was never there.there for no pay for PTSD Gilberto Garcia 3196

  4. Melinda

    We need more assistance…. Please. Poor living situations don’t make for easy healing or transition to stronger mindsets and the feeling we matter. So hard to move forward amidst instability and insecurity of where we will be next week – or, tmrw….

  5. Robert L.

    Thanks, I do not want my email address to be published, I get enough unwanted solicitations as it is.

  6. Robert L.

    I am a 100% disabled veteran with an artificial left hip. right shoulder, reconstructed left knee, herniated disk in my lower back and I am unable to work. Do I qualify for Social Security disability, I am currently receiving Social Security as a senior citizen at 66 years old?

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for your service, Robert! When a person has reached his or her full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, they are not longer eligible for disability benefits. Thanks.

  7. Sadie

    It’s not a big secret that waiting for SSI approval is so that the attorney/advocate will have a substantial amount of money to collect out of the recipients’ lump sum payment. The poor and disabled are considered ignorant and willing to have a substantial portion of their rightful benefit given away to the middleman. And the wait to nourish that middleman can be deadly to a very ill person. If the system were not filthy corrupt, an applicant would be approved or not within 30 days, using a list of qualifying conditions and without paying those professionals waiting in the wings for their own cut – for examining the patient for things entirely unrelated to their actual illness or disability. Fill that wait time and pay another leech; that’s the way to do it!

    • sh

      There’s no requirement that you hire an attorney. If you believe that you need someone to help you with your Social Security disability claim, then you can look for & hire a non-attorney disability representative who’s been certified by SSA instead of a lawyer, maybe that person will charge less. You can also represent yourself or have a friend help you (if that person will help you for free). Also, attorneys don’t get paid unless you win, and they will earn more if they can handle a maximum number of cases, i.e., have a good turnover. So they don’t have much of an incentive for dragging out cases. Most of the delay is due to about 20 years of Congress refusing to adequately fund SSA’s administration (not the trust funds but the people who work on, process claims for all types of Social Security benefits).

      A majority of Congress has been operating on this premise: want to make people believe ‘government doesn’t work”? Defund the agency, understaff it, overload remaining staff, and for sure it WON’T work well, and then you can claim that “gov’t doesn’t work.” That’s what’s been happening w/SSA.

      Or what happened w/the VA–no additional funding starting in 2003, because apparently no soldiers, etc., were going to be injured/partially or fully disabled by the military “actions” in Afghanistan or Iraq. So, just as during the Vietnam war, VAMCs were unprepared for the greatly increased number of patients they had to deal with. Thank you Congress, thank you, Chief Executives.

      Notice that the “defense budget” has increased alot over the past 20 years, despite cases of fraud, corruption, etc., and no full audit completed by the DoD in 20 years or more, unlike other federal agencies.

      • Tom

        I might add that when you vote for less government, the people you are voting for will not cause any lessening of government to their donors. It is you that bears the brunt of offices closing, reduced staffs and other cuts. You are only needed for your vote. Perhaps instead of watching TV shows that are not news, but propaganda meant to make you angry and resentful, you can obtain facts instead. Stop voting against your own interests.

  8. Dewayne E.

    Hi my name is Dewayne Bernard English. Government disability’s program, s is to help us notified our eligible to apply and get approved for I benefit. How ever, program, s you get medical assistant, bank loans, or for other purposes program, s. And others benefit assistant .

  9. Roy M.

    I have 5 vertebrae that have decentigrated disc in my lower back and have diabetes that prevents me from working. Can you help me?

    • Ray F.

      Hello Roy, we are sorry to hear about your medical difficulties. Disability benefits are paid to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to result, end in death. Social Security pays only for total disability — no benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability.
      We pay disability benefits through two programs: The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and The Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. If you think you are disabled under our rules, you can apply for disability online. Thanks.

  10. Linda N.

    My Son has end stage terminal liver disease. He has not been able to work for some months now. He is 50 yrs old. He has no money coming in at all and I am unable to work due to severe back trouble and diabetic perifial neuropathy. My son gets food stamps but is getting ready to be homeless. So he will have to live with me and I only draw $1,360 from SS. I was getting $15 a month for food stamps. My son has no insurance and no money to pay for insurance because he is unable to work. What can we do. He needs medical help. I am 70 and just barely getting by. My rent takes most of my pay. I cannot afford to move. What can I do. We live in Columbia County Ga

    • Ray F.

      We are sorry to hear of your son’s medical condition, Linda. Your son may qualify for Disability Benefits.
      We pay disability benefits through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSI program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSDI benefits are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. See “Ways to Apply” for more information.
      Also, some individuals may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which they live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. Or you can visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information.
      We hope this information helps!

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