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. Richiepair

    thinck you.

  2. Lesly F.

    Beside GOD everyone need someone to an advocate for them.

  3. William B.

    Please consider adding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalisis to this category. I stopped working before I had planned because of CFS, from which I still suffer.

  4. William B.

    Please include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalisis. I had to stop working before I had planned because of CFS.

  5. joann s.

    Im 60 yrs old and Ive been on social security for 4 yrs. Now why Am I only getting 760 a month.I should receive more then that.I cant servive on that .Please help me. Thank You

  6. Bernardo

    Teach how to decrease social security taxes, retirees and still working. THIRD REQUEST.

  7. Laurie B.

    I’m glad to see that you’re adding to the CA list. There are probably another 200 illnesses that could be added but these 5 are a nice start.

  8. Damian A.

    I have numerous health issues and among them are High blood pressure, diabetes, pulmonary embolisms DVTs, diabetic neuropathy, lymphedema,, chronic bronchitis, severe breathing difficulties, (shortness of breath), recently another lung disease my pulmonologist mentioned but I didn’t “take it in”, pneumonia at least once a year, I have had both hips replaced, 8 knee surgeries, so many back procedures(over 50) and more to come, anemic, low white blood cell counts, congestive heart failure, A-fib, recently they wanted to amputate my foot due to a freak accident while I was in the hospital and went through 30 oxygen chamber treatments, several skin graphs, plastic surgery, malignant cancer removed from my leg, foot drop, both types of arthritis, I have a bacterial infection that will not go away and have been recommended to see an infection decease specialist, my eyes are deteriorating at a rapid rate, so I have been recommended to make an appointment with a retina specialist. I just had 4 cavities filled and they want to put bridges in the rear areas of my mouth my teeth in the rear area, and I just have not had the time or the money to take care of these conditions, it is a full time job to treat myself take the meds, purchase the meds in itself, however I push myself on a daily basis. And I am certain I missed a few other conditions that I am missing and things could be worse for me, as they are in some other people. I always feel very weak and energyless and a burden on my wife, and it has taken it’s toll on her, currently it has divorce written all over it, The last thing I need is to be pushed and to explain over and over and over again to every Doctor each time, I need a break. I need a break from Doctors. The meds alone and tracking them is a full time job. I am just Doctored out, everytime I go to a doctor they come up with something else. Doctor elimination and drug elimination are my goals. These 2 things may get me back to work part-time, and thats a big maybe. I can nor tell from day to day if I am going to make it to the bathroom in time without xxxxx all over the place. This is a short list of my ailments. I had a back procedure done yesterday 8-22-18 and it went better than expected but it takes 2 weeks to know, my blood sugar levels are in the mid 200’s and very hard to manage keep up with convince Dr’s more insulin can we go back to the insulin that worked great etc. Tomorrow I am seeing a new podiatrist because my current one is probably in cahoots with the hospital that never sent me a bill for the accident that happened there. Huge setback. I am getting attorneys involved here. When I called my current podiatrist the receptionist was going to transfer me ,however I heard in the background him whispering to her. Never got a call back….ay not be the doc’s fault I truly believe they are trying to help but this pertains to the tray that the food gets serve on. I am not a person to sue whatsoever, but, there comes a time when you work so hard to get your life back and a freak accident happens that should have been avoided and things would be different, it makes me go berserk. Thanks for letting me vent, I needed that. I am all for getting better and doing something for society, it is my goal to re-establish my pride. Next week I am scheduled to see a psychologist as part of another requirement Medicare forces you to complete to have a test with an electrical stimulator for my back for 2 weeks, if it works they will install it for it’s battery life of 10 years which will be great however that leaves me with breathing issues that have been horrible here with these fires in the upper northwest. My swollen foot, my blindness, my neuropathy, here I go again. Bye for now I am done for the moment just irritated and taking it out on someone I have never even met my apologies. DA

  9. Marion C.

    Information provided has given the public a better understanding of their surroundings.

  10. Marion C.

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