The Social Security Administration has proposed changes that would affect people seeking Social Security Disability or SSI benefits for cancers. The SSA is seeking changes to the Malignant Neoplastic Diseases Listings of Impairments. The listing was last changed in 2009. The proposed changes are:
Social Security Disability and SSI claimants now have more opportunities to get their cases fast-tracked for certain conditions. On December 6, 2012, the SSA Commissioner announced 35 additional Compassionate Allowance (CAL) conditions bringing the total number of conditions up to 200. The CAL initiative is designed to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal, but sufficient, objective medical information. If the condition does not meet these strict criteria, it will not be designated as a CAL case. Like Quick Disability Determinations (QDD), CAL cases will receive expedited processing within the context of the existing disability determination process.
Individuals may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits on the basis of cerebral palsy. The Social Security Administration recognizes the devastating and debilitating effects of cerebral palsy. If the cerebral palsy is severe enough and well documented, the Social Security Administration may approve a claim without even considering one's ability to perform past work or other work in the economy. The requirements are set out in section 11 of the Listings. To qualify for benefits under Listing 11.07, one must show:
Claimants applying for Social Security Disability and SSI can sometimes qualify for benefits due to serious spinal conditions or disorders. Affected people may qualify under the Listing 1.04 of Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 or under Step Five of the sequential decision making process because of the reduced Residual Functional Capacity resulting from the spine conditions.
Individuals may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for hereditary or degenerative neurological disorders. Affected people may qualify under the Listing 11.17 of Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 or under Step Five of the sequential decision making process because of their reduced Residual Functional Capacity resulting from the neurological disorder.