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SSA compassionate allowance list expanded by 25 conditions

There are so many things that can result in a person becoming disabled and in need of long-term support. Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income program are two of the initiatives that exist to provide help. But as we've noted often, the process for obtaining benefits is complicated, which is why it's considered wise to work with an experienced attorney.

The government knows that its system is complex. It's designed to be to ensure that fraud is kept to a minimum and that those who are truly eligible are served. But considering that some deserving individuals can wind up dead in the months or years it can take to clear the statutory hurdles, the Social Security Administration has identified some conditions that so clearly meet standards for disability that SSDI or SSI benefits claims involving them get fast-track attention. 

Every once in a while, the Social Security Administration updates the list covered under this Compassionate Allowances policy. The latest revision happened just last month. Twenty five conditions were added. Twelve of them are forms of cancer. The others deal with disorders that affect such things as the digestive, neurological and immune systems. The change brings the total number of conditions now covered to 225.

Below is a list of the new conditions that have been added.

1. Angiosarcoma; 2. Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor; 3. Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction; 4. Coffin-Lowry Syndrome; 5. Esthesioneuroblastoma; 6. Giant Axonal Neuropathy; 7. Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome; 8. Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma; 9. Joubert Syndrome; 10. Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis; 11. Liposarcoma—metastatic or recurrent; 12. Malignant Ectomesenchymoma; 13. Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor; 14. Marshall-Smith Syndrome; 15. Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor—Grade III; 16. Pallister-Killian Syndrome; 17. Progressive Bulbar Palsy; 18. Prostate Cancer-Hormone Refractory Disease-or with visceral metastases; 19. Revesz Syndrome; 20. Seckel Syndrome; 21. Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome; 22. Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus; 23. Soft Tissue Sarcoma-with distant metastases or recurrent; 24. X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease; and 25. X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy.

Source: Senior Journal, "New Compassionate Allowance Conditions Added by Social Security for SSI, SSDI Programs," Jan. 16, 2014

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