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Social Security: SSA Adds More to List of Compassionate Allowances Conditions

October 13, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - The Social Security Administration (SSA) has added 13 new conditions under the Compassionate Allowances program, which are all related to the immune system and neurological disorders. The announcement was made during the remarks of SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue before the US Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products in Washington DC.

In a statement released in its website recently, the agency said it handles more than 3 million disability application each year and the Compassionate Allowances program had provided a fast solution to the backlogged cases.

Through the Compassionate Allowances program, disability benefits are quickly approved as most cases take months and even years before. But with the help of the program, the agency can identify potential Compassionate Allowance and make decisions immediately.

The Compassionate Allowance program was launched in 2008 with an initial list of 50 diseases and conditions. Some of the conditions include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, a number of rare genetic disorders of children, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and other disorders.

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