Social Security expands compassionate allowances

Disability filing eased by Social SecurityMost people think of Social Security as a program that helps retirees pay their bills, but there is another important aspect to it; disability income. The SSA pays out benefits to those who have earned enough to be eligible for Social Security but are not yet old enough to claim it, when they can't work for a year or more due to a physical or mental condition.

Unfortunately, the program has been under fire for quite a while due to the backlog in claims resulting in months and months of agonizing waiting for claimants. This is why your TV carries so many ads for 'Disability Advocates'; they make their living off of this government inefficiency.

To address this problem, the SSA came up with a four-step process in 2007, one of which is the compassionate allowance conditions list. This is essentially a list of maladies that are fast-tracked through the system, avoiding the long delays and common rejections of the initial application. Now, this list of 50 maladies has been expanded by another 38 maladies. This is particularly good news to those suffering from Cri du Chat Syndrome, Leigh's Disease, Maple Syrup Urine Disease, or Zellweger Syndrome.

The new additions to the compassionate allowance list are:
  1. Alstrom Syndrome
  2. Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
  3. Ataxia Spinocerebellar
  4. Ataxia Telangiectasia
  5. Batten Disease
  6. Bilateral Retinoblastoma
  7. Cri du Chat Syndrome
  8. Degos Disease
  9. Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
  10. Edwards Syndrome
  11. Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva
  12. Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
  13. Glutaric Acidemia Type II
  14. Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Familial Type
  15. Hurler Syndrome, Type IH
  16. Hunter Syndrome, Type II
  17. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  18. Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa, Lethal Type
  19. Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses
  20. Leigh's Disease
  21. Maple Syrup Urine Disease
  22. Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
  23. Mixed Dementia
  24. Mucosal Malignant Melanoma
  25. Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy
  26. Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, Infantile Type
  27. Niemann-Pick Type C
  28. Patau Syndrome
  29. Primary Progressive Aphasia
  30. Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
  31. Sanfilippo Syndrome
  32. Subacute Sclerosis Panencephalitis
  33. Tay Sachs Disease
  34. Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Type 1
  35. Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
  36. Walker Warburg Syndrome
  37. Wolman Disease
  38. Zellweger Syndrome

The original 50 compassionate allowance maladies are:
  1. Acute Leukemia
  2. Adrenal Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
  3. Alexander Disease (ALX) - Neonatal and Infantile
  4. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  5. Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer
  6. Astrocytoma
  7. Bladder Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
  8. Bone Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
  9. Breast Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
  10. Canavan Disease (CD)
  11. Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome
  12. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) - Blast Phase
  13. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) - Adult
  14. Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor)
  15. Esophageal Cancer
  16. Farber's Disease (FD) - Infantile
  17. Friedreichs Ataxia (FRDA)
  18. Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Picks Disease -Type A - Adult
  19. Gallbladder Cancer
  20. Gaucher Disease (GD) - Type 2
  21. Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Tumor)
  22. Head and Neck Cancers - with distant metastasis or inoperable or uresectable
  23. Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)
  24. Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
  25. Kidney Cancer - inoperable or unresectable
  26. Krabbe Disease (KD) - Infantile
  27. Large Intestine Cancer - with distant metastasis or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
  28. Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS)
  29. Liver Cancer
  30. Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)
  31. Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) - Late Infantile
  32. Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) - Type A
  33. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - with metastases to or beyond the hilar nodes or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
  34. Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency
  35. Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) - Type II
  36. Ovarian Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
  37. Pancreatic Cancer
  38. Peritoneal Mesothelioma
  39. Pleural Mesothelioma
  40. Pompe Disease - Infantile
  41. Rett (RTT) Syndrome
  42. Salivary Tumors
  43. Sandhoff Disease
  44. Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, or Uterus)
  45. Small Cell Lung Cancer
  46. Small Intestine Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
  47. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) - Types 0 And 1
  48. Stomach Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
  49. Thyroid Cancer
  50. Ureter Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
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