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SSA adds new conditions to Compassionate Allowances list

The Social Security Administration (SSA) periodically updates a special list of what it deems the most serious disabilities. Any person with a disease or illness that appears on the so-called Compassionate Allowances list (CAL) qualifies to have his or her disability claim expedited, provided that the claimant is eligible to apply for government benefits.

We recently alluded to the CAL in a post dated April 21, 2014, describing its basic features and the critically important role it plays for many people applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

The SSA recently announced a number of newly qualifying conditions, which are incorporated in the 2014 list. They include these medical syndromes:

  • Coffin-Lowry Syndrome
  • Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18)
  • Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome
  • Joubert Syndrome
  • Marshall-Smith Syndrome
  • Pallister-Killian Syndrome

Additionally, two types of prostate cancer are now included on the CAL, namely, the kind that recurs and a form that is marked by visceral metastases (prostate cancer that spreads to bones or organs).

Many health advocates across the country and, obviously, those afflicted with prostate cancer, undoubtedly view the inclusion of this often deadly cancer as timely, given how common it is among males.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that, following non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the cancer most commonly diagnosed in men nationally.

A spokesperson with the SSA states that the administration intends to augment the CAL annually. Persons with questions regarding the list and fast-tracked benefit applications can receive prompt and accurate answers, as well as knowledgeable representation, from an experienced SSD attorney.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Prostate cancer added to disability benefits fast-track list," Cindy George, April 21, 2014

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