In April, the Social Security Administration announced plans to add 52 new compassionate allowances conditions to the growing list of severe medical conditions that qualify for expedited medical decisions.
The new conditions include many neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases. They will go into effect in August.
The compassionate allowances initiative is a way to quickly identify illnesses and other medical conditions that qualify as "disabled" based on minimal medical information and helps Social Security administrators to quickly identify the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly.
The announcement of the 52 new conditions will increase the total number of compassionate allowances conditions to 165.
That list continues to grow as Social Security, the National Institutes of Health, and a number of patient organizations help identify new conditions that clearly warrant quick approvals.
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Source: The Gainesville Sun, "Disability allowances to expand", Kay Louder, June 20, 2012