On December 6, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it added 35 medical conditions to its list of “Compassionate Allowances,” meaning that evaluators may be able to “fast-track” applications for people suffering from those conditions. This list allows people suffering from these conditions to receive their application decision and begin receiving disability benefits in a much shorter amount of time.
With these additions, the Compassionate Allowance now contains 200 serious medical conditions. The SSA’s press release about the addition stated that these people can “receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years.” These conditions are typically so severe that the SSA does not need to evaluate the applicant’s work or medical history to make its decision.
Of the 35 conditions added, many of them are cancers, particularly those affecting children. These disabling illnesses include:
- Adult non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Child T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma
- Dravet Syndrome
- Sinonasal Cancer
- Aplastic Anemia
The SSA held seven public hearings and worked with doctors and researchers in their efforts to develop and expand the Compassionate Allowances list. With that information, in addition to the recommendations of the National Institute of Health (NIH), the SSA hopes this updated list will help people get the benefits they need as quickly as possible. Additionally, it will help lessen the load of evaluators, making it possible for SSA employees to devote their time to more applications and hopefully shorten the process for everyone.
If you have questions about applying for disability benefits, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney for more information and to discuss your options. We do not charge for consultations, and you can reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.