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Social Security Administration Expedites Decisions for People with Severe Disabilities

August 16, 2023 • By

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Last Updated: November 2, 2023

Social Security Administration LogoKilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced 12 new Compassionate Allowances conditions: 1p36 Deletion Syndrome, Anaplastic Ependymoma, Calciphylaxis, Cholangiocarcinoma, FOXG1 Syndrome, Leber Congenital Amaurosis, Metastatic Endometrial Adenocarcinoma, Paraneoplastic Cerebellar Degeneration, Pineoblastoma – Childhood, Primary Omental Cancer, Sarcomatoid Carcinoma of the Lung – Stages II-IV, and Trisomy 9.

The Compassionate Allowances program quickly identifies claims where the applicant’s medical condition or disease clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability. Due to the severe nature of many of these conditions, these claims are often allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone. To date, nearly 900,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this accelerated, policy-compliant disability process, which now includes a total of 278 conditions.

“The Social Security Administration remains committed to reducing barriers and ensuring people who are eligible for benefits receive them,” said Acting Commissioner Kijakazi. “Our Compassionate Allowances program allows us to reinforce that commitment by expediting the disability application process for people with the most severe disabilities.”

When a person applies for disability benefits, Social Security must obtain medical records in order to make an accurate determination. The agency incorporates leading technology to identify potential Compassionate Allowances cases and make quick decisions. Social Security’s Health IT brings the speed and efficiency of electronic medical records to the disability determination process. With electronic records transmission, Social Security can quickly obtain a claimant’s medical information, review it, and make a faster determination.

For more information about the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowances conditions, please visit www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances.

To learn more about Social Security’s Health IT program, please visit www.ssa.gov/hit.

People may apply online for disability benefits by visiting www.ssa.gov.

To create a my Social Security account, please visit www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

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  1. Tony

    Don’t add any more people to the expedited process. The SSA already has the expedited process for wounded warriors, 100% P&T, dire need, suicidal/homicidal, etc.

    The SSA use to have a policy that the compassionate allowance be process in 6-8 weeks. Now it may take over 6 months for some people.

    The SSA is just digging themselves a deeper hole to fall into. People are complaining to their congressman that it takes over 6 months for an initial determination in the expedited process.

  2. Kanna m.

    Thank you for all the efforts and sharing the useful information.

  3. Cynthia M.

    Why is Multiple Sclerosis not on the CAL list of severe desases to expedite claims!!!!

    My daughter has suffered and waited for 2 years for a decision on her application. Not to mention being denied TWICE !!!

  4. Rainie H.

    I have several disabilities that’s really affected my job performance , I have severe adhd, anxiety attacks, to the point where I feel like I am having heart attack! But every job my employers tell me they have to let me go bc of my lack of focus and concentration so they say we have to let you go! I struggle with ptsd as well, really bad nightmares and anxiety attacks, I have tried medication for yrs nothing helps! I have also been diagnosed with manic depressive too, I can’t keep a job longer than 6 months if that, I just feel hopeless bc nothing helps me and to be honest I feel that I am being discriminated bc of my disability, they are always rude to me, and embarrass me about it before they let me go!!

  5. Eldora S.

    I have applied for disability and was denied. I am totally disabled, I have no use of my hands due to my arthritis. I also have been diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease…etc. I was denied because of my husband’s income and his so called asset’s,( 4 junk cars). That’s his monies not mine. This is the first time in my life I have ever felt this stuck . I need help to make ends meet please. I don’t want to leave my family with my debt. Eldora Smith

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Eldora. We are sorry to hear about your condition and situation. 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.

  6. David C.

    I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time

  7. Loretta P.

    Am I eligable

    • BillR


    • Ann C.

      Hi, Loretta. Thanks for your question. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability. 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. You may find our listing of impairments useful.If you think you are disabled, you can file for disability. We hope this helps. 

  8. Myra A.

    Why is Infantile Paralysis (Polio) not a disease recognized by the government (Social Security/Medicare) as serious disease from which people suffer a lifetime?

  9. Paul B.

    Good. But why keep the 5-month waiting period for compassionate allowances?

  10. Crystal

    I have been waiting in my ssdi but my case worker only works two days a week glad they have money I have to beg for food please hurry

    • Maceo T.

      I’ve had surgery on my spine from c2 all the way down to t3. I can’t work and I have been denied five times. Why haven’t I received my disability yet.

      • Ann C.

        Hi, Maceo. We are sorry to hear about your condition. If you are disabled and were denied for benefits, you should file an appeal. Social Security pays disability benefits to people if they have a medical condition that has prevented them from working or is expected to prevent them from working for at least 12 months. We use the same five-step process to make a decision on each application. We hope this helps. 

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Crystal. We are sorry to hear about your situation. We encourage you to continue to work withyour local Social Security office. You can ask to speak to a supervisor on your next call or visit. You may also 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.

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