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. Connie L.

    Hello, I was reading the post that reads about how the social security Dept can quickly process a claim, and also get medical records fast also, I would like to know about my claim that was denied less than a month, and everything in the denial letter was false except my name , I sent a letter of appeal to the appeal board back in late March or early April along with a signed release of my medical records, I’ve not heard anything from the social security Dept, I have people sending me email after email wanting to help me get my SSI and I also have had calls from lawyers wanting to represent me, I explained that my case that had been denied again was before the board of appeals, they have sent another email to me saying that they couldn’t find anything showing that my case even exist, how can this be when I haven’t heard anything from the board of appeals concerning my case. Thank you.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Connie, thanks for using our blog. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  2. Desiree

    I had top part of foot chopped off by lawnmower, also the other foot my ankle was cracked in half and is now all metal and screws. Applied for SSD and SSI 2 months ago. Just received request for my direct deposit info. What does that mean?

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  4. Greta

    I have a case pending for disability sent in breast cancer triple neg stage 3 A I should be awarded my claim shouldn’t I .

    • Luis A.

      Hi Greta. For your security, we do not have access to your personal information in this forum. For specific questions about your account, please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), from Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. You may also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  5. Susan F.

    I am the caregiver to my 59 year old ex-husband who was diagnosed with Dementia earlier this year. His doctors believe it’s either early onset Alzheimers or Frontotemporal Dementa. He was fired from his job in January of this year due to cognitive decline. I filed a disability claim for him in early June after working for a few months to gather all necessary information required. It’s now almost four months since the claim was filed and still no resolve. I’ve left numerous messages with the department and have had no response. The Compassionate Allowances initiative has not worked for us! It sounds good and fair on paper but it hasn’t been applied to his claim and seems to have been completely ignored!

    • Luis A.

      Hi Susan. Unfortunately, but for your security, we do not have access to your husband’s personal information on this Forum. In your situation, it is best to contact your local Social Security office. You may also call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask to speak with one of our representatives, who are available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We hope this helps.

  6. Denise M.

    I wish I knew why it took so long to process Social Security and get a hearing if denied when so many people like myself end up losing their house due to waiting on SSI I owed 3 years on my house and I ended up losing it kind of sad all because I’ve been waiting over two years for Social Security finally he had my interview June 27th 2019 still waiting for a decision I hope it comes soon I really could use the money as soon as possible I just hope they somehow can start processing these clean sooner for people who hate to see more people either become homeless when they lose their home or Bruno end up losing their house if they work so long for just thank God I had a kid that I can move it with.. I lost so much waiting on this process I just hope they come up with a quicker solution in the future

  7. T. R.

    Good afternoon. I am a medically retired veteran. I started receiving my SSD while on active duty and continue to receive do to my medical conditions. While looking at the medical conditions listed I believe Li-Fraumeni Syndrome should be included as a whole. I’ve had Liposarcoma twice at the age of 23 and 24 in my back which is one of the conditions listed. The age group that it is listed in is from age 40 and up, who would usually get this type of cancer. I’ve had stage 2 breast cancer once in the left breast at the age of 24 and stage 3 breast cancer in the right breast, then chest walls at the age of 25 and 34. I was diagnosed with skin cancer last year 2018. I lost my 9 yr old daughter in 2014 to an undetected brain tumor. My now 18 year old son was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma last September at the age of 17 who is still being treated for this condition which is also listed. He to has been diagnosed with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. I know Li-Fraumeni Syndrome is rare but it is out there and many who have it probably don’t know they have it unless tested. When I was first diagnosed in 2008 by my genetic doctor at WRAMC he was shocked. At that time it was known less than 400 families worldwide have been diagnosed with this. Now I believe it’s about 600 families that have been documented recently. I have doctors who are surprised that I am still alive.

    I tell people without the grace of God and my Tricare and Medicare I wouldn’t be here and for that I would like to say thank you.

    I still believe in a whole Li-Fraumeni Syndrome should be included.

  8. Rebecca O.

    I’m working in disability and I want two weeks to do the course and get my certificate. Is it possible

  9. eduardo m.

    Hello, I am 62 1/2 years old currently working full time. I care for my mother whom is 92 years old and has no disabilities. I was wondering if there is a program that would allow me to retire early and care for her. She does not have a SS retirement as she moved from another country years ago. My concern is due to her old age and being alone is a growing concern for me.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Eduardo. Thanks for your question. We do not pay caregivers. However, you may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include free meals, housekeeping help, transportation, or help with other problems. To get information about services in your area and find out if you qualify, you will need to contact your state or local social services or welfare office. We hope this helps!

  10. Mary W.

    When will my benefits change from disability benefits to
    regular retirements benefits. I will be 65 4-24-2019.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Mary, thank you for your question. Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries become full retirement age. The law does not allow a person to receive both retirement and disability benefits on one earnings record at the same time.

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