Social Security Expands List of Conditions Eligible for Fast-Track Benefits Approval

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced an expansion to its list of Compassionate Allowances conditions.

The Compassionate Allowances program affects those applying for Social Security Disability Insurance who have certain very serious illnesses or disabilities. Benefit determinations for those applicants are expedited, and the SSA typically renders its decisions in days (instead of months or even years).

The SSA announced 25 new additions to the list, including 12 cancers, bringing the total number of its conditions to 225.

In a statement, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin said, “Social Security disability benefits are a vital lifeline for individuals who are facing severe diseases, and we must ensure that they receive the benefits they rightly deserve.”

The SSA has held public outreach hearings in order to get feedback on the determination of the conditions best suited to the Compassionate Allowances program. To date, the program has helped nearly 200,000 severely disabled people get quick approval for disability benefits.

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced an expansion to its list of Compassionate Allowances conditions.

The Compassionate Allowances program affects those applying for Social Security Disability Insurance who have certain very serious illnesses or disabilities. Benefit determinations for those applicants are expedited, and the SSA typically renders its decisions in days (instead of months or even years).

The SSA announced 25 new additions to the list, including 12 cancers, bringing the total number of its conditions to 225.

In a statement, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin said, “Social Security disability benefits are a vital lifeline for individuals who are facing severe diseases, and we must ensure that they receive the benefits they rightly deserve.”

The SSA has held public outreach hearings in order to get feedback on the determination of the conditions best suited to the Compassionate Allowances program. To date, the program has helped nearly 200,000 severely disabled people get quick approval for disability benefits.

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