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Social Security Law: 38 More New Conditions Added to Compassionate Allowance List

February 10, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - The Social Security Administration (SSA) has added 38 more disability conditions to its list of Compassionate Allowances. In a press statement in its website, SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue said the news conditions include adult brain disorders and rare diseases that primarily affect children. The agency will begin electronically identifying the 38 new conditions on March 1.

“The addition of these new conditions expands the scope of Compassionate Allowances to a broader subgroup of conditions like early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The expansion means tens of thousands of Americans with devastating disabilities will now get approved for benefits in a matter of days rather than months and years”, Astrue was quoted as saying.

Compassionate Allowances is the SSA’s way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions, a method that helps the agency in determining who will qualify for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. Further, it also allowed the agency to target and make speedy decisions for disabled persons.

SSA was able to expand their list by holding public hearings and through consultations with the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and other groups.

Commissioner Astrue vowed to continue holding hearings and look for other diseases and conditions that they can add to the list. “There can be no higher priority than getting disability benefits quickly to those Americans with severe and life-threatening conditions,” he stressed.

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