Social Security Expands Compassionate Allowance List

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Published Sept. 3, 2018 on Alamogordo Daily News

BALTIMORE – The Social Security Administration announced five more Compassionate Allowance Conditions.

These conditions are: fibrolamellar cancer, megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS), megalencephaly capillary malformation syndrome (MCAP), superficial siderosis of the central nervous system and tetrasomy 18p.

Compassionate Allowances is a program to identify medical conditions and diseases that meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.

“For nearly a decade, the Compassionate Allowance list has helped us identify and fast-track cases where individuals have diseases that are most likely to be approved for disability benefits,” Acting Social Security Commissioner Nancy A. Berryhill said. “Social Security is committed to ensuring Americans with qualifying disabilities quickly receive the benefits they need.”

The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability.

 Due to the severe nature of many of these conditions, these claims are often allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone.

To date, more than 500,000 people with serious disabilities have been approved through this fast-track policy-compliant disability process. The list has grown to a total of 233 conditions, including diseases such as pancreatic cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and acute leukemia.

The agency incorporates leading technology to easily identify potential Compassionate Allowances and make quick decisions.

For disability cases not covered by this program, Social Security’s Health IT brings the speed and efficiency of electronic medical records to the disability determination process. When a person applies for disability benefits, Social Security must obtain medical records to make an accurate determination. It may take weeks for health care organizations to provide records for the applicant’s case. With electronic records transmission, Social Security can quickly obtain a claimant’s medical information, review it and make a determination faster than before.

For more information visit the Social Security Administration website. 

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