People seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits should be aware that the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced the addition of three conditions to its Compassionate Allowance (CAL) List. The CAL Program is designed to quickly identify diseases or other medical conditions that would invariable medially qualify the application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) under Step Three of the sequential evaluation process (“The Listings.”) The idea is that the conditions are of such as severity that the claimant would qualify based on even a minimal objective medication information. If the condition does not meet the strict criteria, it would not be designated as a CAL case. CAL cases receive expedited processing within the contest of the existing disability determination process. The three new CAL conditions are:
· Infantile and childhood onset forms of Childhood Ataxia with Central Nervous System Hypomyelination (CACH), also known as Vanishing White Matter Disease. This is a congenital, inherited disorder that creates a variety of neurological symptoms.
· Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, which is a form of Muscular Dystrophy that tends to present itself in adulthood leading to gross and fine motor limitations and often cognitive impairments.
· Kleefstra Syndrome, which is a disorder involving deletion or mutation of the EHMT1 gene. Symptoms involve multiple body systems and are generally apparent at birth or at infancy.
The governments’ statistics indicate that approximately 500,000 disability claims were approved with the CAL process from 2012 to 2016 and those claims represent approximately three percent of all claims processed for disability each year.
For a complete listing of the CAL conditions click here: http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0423022080.
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