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What is the Compassionate Allowances List?

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Social Security Disability |

Some people who need to file for Social Security Disability Insurance have conditions that are so severe that they likely won’t survive through the application process. Certain conditions are included on a special list maintained by the Social Security Administration. This is known as the Compassionate Allowances List. 

Conditions on the Compassionate Allowances List are presumed to be serious enough to automatically qualify for disability benefits. Applicants should include all applicable diagnoses on their application. The SSA’s system automatically flags applications with compassionate allowances conditions for expedited processing. 

What conditions are on the list?

There are a variety of conditions on the list and more are added on a regular basis when it’s determined that they meet the requirements. Some conditions affect children who may need to obtain Supplemental Security Income, but others are conditions that adults may have. 

Some examples of conditions on the list include:

  • Acute leukemia
  • Kleefstra syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Nut carcinoma
  • Liver cancer
  • Primary progressive aphasia

Anyone who has a condition on the list should provide proper medical documentation of the condition. This can help to speed up the process even more, which is beneficial for these grave conditions.

Making sure you have everything together when you file for Social Security Disability Insurance may help your application to move through the process faster. It’s best to work with someone who’s familiar with these cases so they can help you throughout the process. It’s possible you’ll need to appeal an incorrect decision. Appeals have short time limits, so having someone on your side who already knows about your situation is beneficial.

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