Last month the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) added 13 new conditions to its Compassionate Allowances (“CA”) list. Conditions on the CA list – now at 113 total – are those that qualify for fast-track processing through the often slow disability benefits application process. Whereas regular applicants may take up to a year or even longer to begin receiving benefits, applicants with a condition on the CA list can begin receiving benefits in days or months. Over the past 12 months, the SSA was able to quickly approve 60,000 applicants for disability benefits because of the CA program.
The 13 new conditions that the SSA added to the list involve immune system and neurological disorders. The conditions are the following:
- Malignant Multiple Sclerosis, Paraneoplastic Pemphigus, Multicentric Castleman Disease, Pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma, Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma, Primary Effusion Lymphoma, Angelman Syndrome, Lewy Body Dementia, Lowe Syndrome, Corticobasal Degeneration, Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, The ALS/Parkinsonism Dementia Complex
The other conditions on the CA list include rare genetic disorders, certain types of cancer and early-onset Alzheimer’s. Further details on the comprehensive list of conditions that qualify an applicant for the CA program are available from the SSA or a Tulsa SSI lawyer. The SSA periodically holds public forums where it solicits information on whether it should add new conditions to the list.
Have you been able to take advantage of the Compassionate Allowances program to receive disability benefits? How was your experience applying for the program?
Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers