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New Conditions Added to Social Security Disability “Compassionate Allowances” List

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 12, 2012 | In Social Security Disability

New Conditions Added to Social Security Disability “Compassionate Allowances” List

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on December 7, 2012, that it is adding 35 new medical conditions to its “compassionate allowances” list. The total number of conditions on the list currently sits at 200, according to the SSA.

The added conditions include several types of cancer and adult-onset disorders that severely impair the brain and nervous system, such as adult-onset Huntington’s disease. The list also includes a number of rare conditions that are most often seen in children, either because children are born with them or because they develop the condition in the early years of life. Certain types of chromosomal disorders also appear on the list, along with several new vision-related diagnoses.

Conditions on the compassionate allowances list are “fast-tracked” for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits approval. They are typically serious conditions that meet the SSD requirements for a disabling condition by their very nature; that is, they are conditions that are expected to last at least one year and/or to result in the patient’s death. Those who apply for benefits based on a “compassionate allowances” condition, however, may still be required to meet other SSD requirements, like those for work credits and income.

If you’re struggling with a disabling medical condition and need help applying for SSD benefits, please don’t hesitate to call a skilled California Social Security disability benefits lawyer at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office. We can help you with every step, from filing your initial application to appealing a denial or responding to a review. For a free, confidential telephone consultation, call us today at (888) 438-7734.

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