The SSA Compassionate Allowances Program Expands Its List of Medical Conditions

March 30, 2010 · by admin · in

The Compassionate Allowances Program allows the administration to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that qualify under its Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information. Reviews of disability applications can be expedited for people with severely disabling conditions. 

The program originally had 50 medical impairments listed and this year has added 38 additional medical conditions. The new additions will allow those suffering from certain types of diseases to apply for their benefits without having to go through a long application process.

A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that “some 40,000 to 50,000 Americans could benefit from the expansion in 2010, which will begin on March 1.”  According to the Social Security Administration:

“The expanded list of conditions was developed by holding additional public outreach hearings, working closely with the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and other groups. We also reviewed information gathered from previous hearings and consulted with our internal expert medical staff.” 

List of 38 new medical conditions added:

1 Alstrom Syndrome

2 Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia 

3 Ataxia Spinocerebellar

4 Ataxia Telangiectasia 

5 Batten Disease 

6 Bilateral Retinoblastoma 

7 Cri du Chat Syndrome 

8 Degos Disease

9 Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease 

10 Edwards Syndrome 

11 Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva 

12 Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 

13 Glutaric Acidemia Type II 

14 Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Familial Type

15 Hurler Syndrome, Type IH 

16 Hunter Syndrome, Type II

17 Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

18 Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa, Lethal Type 

19 Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses

20 Leigh’s Disease 

21 Maple Syrup Urine Disease 

22 Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

23 Mixed Dementia 

24 Mucosal Malignant Melanoma 

25 Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy 

26 Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, Infantile Type 

27 Niemann-Pick Type C 

28 Patau Syndrome 

29 Primary Progressive Aphasia 

30 Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy

31 Sanfilippo Syndrome 

32 Subacute Sclerosis Panencephalitis

33 Tay Sachs Disease 

34 Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Type 1 

35 Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 

36 Walker Warburg Syndrome 

37 Wolman Disease 

38 Zellweger Syndrome