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Compassionate allowance cases result in faster favorable decisions

The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies certain cases as compassionate allowances. Compassionate allowances have special electronic processing procedures for speedy favorable decisions. SSA’s compassionate allowance list includes very serious medical conditions that clearly meet social security disability standards. Compassionate allowances can be targeted to expedite the disability determination at the Initial, Reconsideration, Hearing and Appeals Council levels.

The list of compassionate allowance conditions includes certain types of cancers, lymphomas, mesotheliomas, congenital disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease, and dementia. A complete list of the Compassionate allowance conditions can be found at compassionateallowances. In order to create this list, SSA held public hearings and worked closely with the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and other groups.

Compassionate allowance conditions listed alphabetically include the following:
Acute Leukemia; Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent; Alexander Disease (ALX) – Neonatal and Infantile; Alstrom SyndromeAmegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS);Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent; Astrocytoma – GRADE III and IV; Ataxia Telangiectasi; Batten Disease; Bilateral Retinoblastoma; Bladder Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable; Bone Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable; Breast Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable; Canavan Disease (CD);Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome; Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia – Blast Phase; Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – Adult; Cri du Chat Syndrome; Degos Disease, Systemic; Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease; Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18);Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor); Esophageal Cancer; Farber’s Disease (FD) – Infantile; Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: Friedreichs Ataxia (FRDA); Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) Picks Disease – Type A – Adult; Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy; Gallbladder Cancer; Gaucher Disease (GD) – Type 2;Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Tumor); Head and Neck Cancers – with distant metastasis or inoperable or uresectable; Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis; Hunter Syndrome; Hurler Syndrome; Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis; Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD); Infantile Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses; Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC); Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa Lethal Type; Kidney Cancer – inoperable or unresectable; Krabbe Disease (KD) – Infantile; Large Intestine Cancer – with distant metastasis or inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent; Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses; Leigh’s Disease; Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS); Liver Cancer;Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL); Maple Syrup Urine Disease; Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy; Metachromatic Leukodystrophy – Late Infantile; Mixed Dementia; Mucosal Melanoma; Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy; (Neonatal) Glutaric Acidemia; Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) – Type A; Niemann-Pick Disease Type C; Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer – with metastases to, or beyond, the hilar nodes or inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent; Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency; Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) – Type II; Ovarian Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable; Pancreatic Cancer; Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13); Peritoneal Mesothelioma;Pleural Mesothelioma; Pompe Disease – Infantile; Primary Progressive Aphasia; Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy; Rett (RTT) Syndrome; Salivary Tumors; Sandhoff Disease; Sanfilippo Syndrome; Small Cell Cancer of the Large Intestine; Small Cell Cancer of the Ovary; Small Cell Cancer of the Prostate; Small Cell Cancer of the Uterus;Small Cell Lung Cancer; Small Intestine Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent; Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – Types 0 and 1;Spinocerebellar Ataxia; Stomach Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent; Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis; Tay Sachs Disease, Infantile Type; Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Type 1; Thyroid Cancer; Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy; Ureter Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent; Walker Warburg Syndrome; Wolman Disease; and Zellweger Syndrome.

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