SSA Adds 5 Medical Conditions to Compassionate Allowances

Aug 31, 2018 / Amanda Chase, Horsesmouth Assistant Editor

The Social Security Administration uses the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program to help them identify and fast-track cases where people have diseases that are most likely to be approved for disability benefits. It recently announced the addition of five severe health conditions to those that receive quick attention.

The five new conditions added are:

  • Fibrolamellar Cancer
  • Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMIHS)
  • Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation Syndrome (MCAP)
  • Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System
  • Tetrasomy 18p

Established in 2008, the CAL program has developed into a list of 233 conditions. Many of the qualifying impairments are brain disorders or types of cancers that put a claimant’s application for Social Security disability benefits on the fast track for approval. Approval for Social Security disability benefits can happen within weeks of medical confirmation of a diagnosis for these conditions, versus months or years for others.

You can learn more about the Compassionate Allowances program here.


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