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Expanded Compassionate Allowances for Social Security Disability and SSI Claimants

Social Security Disability and SSI claimants now have more opportunities to get their cases fast-tracked for certain conditions. The Social Security Administration announced 13 new Compassionate Allowances conditions involving the immune system and neurological disorders. The Compassionate Allowances program fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that claimants with the most serious disabilities receive benefit decisions within days instead of months or years.

The Compassionate Allowances initiative identifies claims where the nature of the applicant's disease or condition clearly meets the statutory standard for disability. The Social Security Administration launched the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008 with a list of 50 diseases and conditions. The announcement of 13 new conditions, effective in December, will increase the total number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to 113. 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.

The current list of Compassionate Allowance is listed below with those in bold being ones added on July 14, 2011.

1 Acute Leukemia

2 Adrenal Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

3 Alexander Disease (ALX) - Neonatal and Infantile

4 Alstrom Syndrome

5 Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia

6 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

7 Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

8 Aortic Atresia

9 Astrocytoma - Grade III and IV

10 Ataxia Telangiectasia

11 Batten Disease

12 Bilateral Retinoblastoma

13 Bladder Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

14 Bone Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

15 Breast Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

16 Canavan Disease (CD)

17 Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome

18 Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) - Blast Phase

19 Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) - Adult

20 Cri du Chat Syndrome

21 Degos Disease, Systemic

22 Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

23 Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18)

24 Eisenmenger Syndrome

25 Endomyocardial Fibrosis

26 Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor)

27 Esophageal Cancer

28 Farber's Disease (FD) - Infantile

29 Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

30 Friedreich's  Ataxia (FRDA)

31 Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Picks Disease -Type A - Adult

32 Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

33 Gallbladder Cancer

34 Gaucher Disease (GD) - Type 2

35 Glioblastoma Multiforme (Adult Brain Tumor)

36 Glutaric Acidemia Type II (Neonatal)

37 Head and Neck Cancers - with distant metastasis or inoperable or unresectable

38 Heart Transplant Graft Failure

39 Heart Transplant Wait List, 1A/1B

40 Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Familial Type

41 Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

42 Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

43 Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)

44 Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses

45 Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)

46 Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa, Lethal Type

47 Kidney Cancer - inoperable or unresectable

48 Krabbe Disease (KD) - Infantile

49 Large Intestine Cancer - with distant metastasis or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

50 Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses

51 Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Recipient

52 Leigh's Disease

53 Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS)

54 Liver Cancer

55 Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)

56 Maple Syrup Urine Disease

57 Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

58 Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) - Late Infantile

59 Mitral Valve Atresia

60 Mixed Dementias

61 MPS I, formerly known as Hurler Syndrome

62 MPS II, formerly known as Hunter Syndrome

63 MPS III, formerly known as Sanfilippo Syndrome

64 Mucosal Malignant Melanoma

65 Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy

66 Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) - Type A

67 Niemann-Pick Disease-Type C

68 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - with metastases to or beyond the hilar nodes or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

69 Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency

70 Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) - Type II

71 Ovarian Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

72 Pancreatic Cancer

73 Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13)

74 Peritoneal Mesothelioma

75 Pleural Mesothelioma

76 Pompe Disease - Infantile

77 Primary Cardiac Amyloidosis

78 Primary Progressive Aphasia

79 Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy

80 Pulmonary Atresia

81 Rett (RTT) Syndrome

82 Salivary Tumors

83 Sandhoff Disease

84 Single Ventricle

85 Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, or Uterus)

86 Small Cell Lung Cancer

87 Small Intestine Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

88 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) - Types 0 And 1

89 Spinocerebellar Ataxia

90 Stomach Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

91 Subacute Sclerosis Panencephalitis

92 Tay Sachs Disease - Infantile Type

93 Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Type 1

94 Thyroid Cancer

95 Tricuspid Atresia

96 Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

97 Ureter Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

98 Walker Warburg Syndrome

99 Wolman Disease

100 Zellweger Syndrome

If you need more information about a personal injury matter (car wreck, boating accident, slip and fall, etc.), Social Security Disability or SSI matter, EEOICPA claim, or a workers compensation matter, please contact the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (865) 584-1211 or (800) 806-4611, by e-mail at John@farmerdreiser.com, or through our website. Our office handles claims throughout East Tennessee, including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City, Morristown, Maryville, Rogersville, Dandridge, Tazewell, New Tazewell, Jefferson City, Strawberry Plains, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Loudon, Kingston, Halls, Maynardville, Crossville, Cookeville, Sweetwater, Lenoir City, Athens, Oak Ridge, Clinton, LaFollette, Lake City, Jacksboro, Bean Station, Cosby, Newport, White Pine, Mosheim, Wartburg, Sunbright, Pigeon Forge, and Deer Lodge.

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