SSA adds to its list of Compassionate Allowances
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Monday, August 31, 2020

SSA adds to its list of Compassionate Allowances

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, has announced five new Compassionate Allowances conditions: Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumors, GM1 Gangliosidosis - Infantile and Juvenile Forms, Nicolaides-Baraister Syndrome, Rubinstein-Tybai Syndrome, and Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain. Compassionate Allowances is a program to quickly identify severe medical conditions and diseases that meet the SSA’s standards for disability benefits.

“Social Security’s top priority is to serve the public, and we remain committed to improving the disability determination process for Americans,” said Commissioner Saul. “Our Compassionate Allowances program gets us one step closer to reaching our goals by helping us accelerate the disability process for people who are likely to get approved for benefits due to the severity of their condition.”

The Compassionate Allowances program quickly identifies claims where the applicant’s condition or disease clearly meets the SSA’s statutory standard for disability. Due to the severe nature of many of these conditions, these claims are often allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone. To date, more than 600,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this accelerated, policy-compliant disability process. Over the last decade, the list has grown to a total of 242 conditions, including certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children.

The agency incorporates leading technology to identify potential Compassionate Allowances and make quick decisions. When a person applies for disability benefits, the SSA must obtain medical records in order to make an accurate determination. The agency’s Health IT brings the speed and efficiency of electronic medical records to the disability determination process. With electronic records transmission, the SSA is able to quickly obtain a claimant’s medical information, review it, and make a determination faster than ever before.

For more information about the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowances conditions, see www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

To learn more about the SSA’s Health IT program, see www.socialsecurity.gov/hit (SSA News Release, August 17, 2020).

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