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SSA Expands Compassionate Allowances For Disabled NC Residents


Posted on Feb 24, 2010

Two years ago, The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) created a list of Compassionate Allowances that made it possible for those with very serious illnesses or conditions to take a fast track through the Social Security Disability benefits application process. Now, the SSA is expanding their 2008 list of compassionate allowances in order to better help those in need of financial support during times of illness or injury.

Normally, the SSDI and SSI disability benefits application process takes months or even years – some wait as long as three years though a complicated five-step application process that initially denies the majority of applicants. Some must appeal decisions and fight for their disability benefits – and some die or suffer through poverty while awaiting final decisions.

This month, the SSA added 38 new conditions to their initial list of compassionate allowances – diseases and conditions that are degenerative and that are not curable. The National Institutes of Health as well as other medical experts helped to compile the new list and hopefully prevent the very sick and very disabled to secure benefits more quickly and with less hassle.

The expanded list goes into effect on March 1, 2010. More diseases will be added to the compassionate allowances list in the near future, this time with a focus on heart problems and autoimmune diseases.

Here is a full list of the new diseases included:

    Alstrom Syndrome
    Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
    Ataxia Spinocerebellar
    Ataxia Telangiectasia
    Batten Disease
    Bilateral Retinoblastoma
    Cri du Chat Syndrome
    Degos Disease
    Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
    Edwards Syndrome
    Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva
    Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
    Glutaric Acidemia Type II
    Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Familial Type
    Hurler Syndrome, Types IH and II
    Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
    Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa, Lethal Type
    Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses
    Leigh’s Disease
    Maple Syrup Urine Disease
    Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
    Mixed Dementia
    Mucosal Malignant Melanoma
    Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy
    Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, Infantile Type
    Niemann-Pick Type C
    Patau Syndrome
    Primary Progressive Aphasia
    Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
    Sanfilippo Syndrome
    Subacute Sclerosis Panencephalitis
    Tay Sachs Disease
    Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Type 1
    Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
    Walker Warburg Syndrome
    Wolman Disease
    Zellweger Syndrome

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