Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are the Social Security Administration’s “way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information.” The Compassionate Allowance program was designed to allow applicants with serious medical conditions to receive their benefits more quickly.
The Compassionate Allowances program fast-tracks disability decisions and is supposed to ensure that if you have one of the most serious disabilities that you will receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years.
The Compassionate Allowances program has helped SSA approve “disability benefits for nearly 61,000 people with severe disabilities in the past fiscal year, and nearly 173,000 applications since the program began.”
The Compassionate Allowances initiative identifies claims where the nature of the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets the statutory standard for disability. With the help of sophisticated new information technology, the agency can quickly identify potential Compassionate Allowances and then quickly make decisions.
Social Security launched the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008 with a list of 50 diseases and conditions. The announcement of 52 new conditions, effective in August, will increase the total number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to 165. The conditions include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, a number of rare genetic disorders of children, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, immune system conditions, and other disorders.
As a New Orleans Social Security disability attorney, I am glad to see additional conditions added to the compassionate allowances list. Hopefully, this will help those in most need of disability benefits get them sooner and with much less delay than going through the entire disability process, which can take months (in the best cases) to years (in the worst cases).
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you may not need a disability lawyer to help you get the benefits you need and paid for throughout your life. But if you have questions or concerns, you should speak with an attorney familiar with Social Security Disability.
52 Compassionate Allowances conditions were added effective August 11, 2012, increasing the list from 113 to 165.
The added conditions were:
- Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome
- Alobar Holoprosencephaly
- Alpers Disease
- Alpha Mannosidosis – Type II and III
- Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site
- Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis
- Child Neuroblastoma – with distant metastases or recurrent
- Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – recurrent
- Chondrosarcoma – with multimodal therapy
- Cornelia de Lange Syndrome-Classic Form
- Ewing Sarcoma
- Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma – metastatic or recurrent
- Fucosidosis – Type 1
- Galactosialidosis – Early and Late Infantile Types
- Glioma Grade III and IV
- Histiocytosis Syndromes
- Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
- Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis Syndrome
- Hypophosphatasia Perinatal (Lethal) and Infantile Onset Types
- I Cell disease
- Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease
- Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease
- Kufs Disease Type A and B
- Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis – Grade III
- Malignant Brain Stem Gliomas – Childhood
- Malignant Melanoma – with metastases
- Mastocytosis Type IV
- Medulloblastoma – with metastases
- Merkel Cell Carcinoma – with metastases
- Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome
- Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
- Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation – Type 1 and Type 2
- Obliterative Bronchiolitis
- Ohtahara Syndrome
- Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia
- Pearson Syndrome
- Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Classic Form
- Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Connatal Form
- Peripheral Nerve Cancer – metastatic or recurrent
- Perry Syndrome
- Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata
- Schindler Disease Type 1
- Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome
- Spinal Nerve Root Cancer-metastatic or recurrent
- Stiff Person Syndrome
- Tabes Dorsalis
- Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
- Xeroderma Pigmentosum
A full list of allowances can be found at socialsecurity.gov. Hopefully, if you have one of these conditions, you will not need a Social Security disability attorney to help get your case approved. If you should need assistance, call Loyd Bourgeois for a free case evaluation at 985-240-9773.