What Is The SSA’s List Of Compassionate Allowances?

Especially with current economic problems and the increasing number of aging Americans, the wait for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be as long as one to three years. In some cases, those waiting for application approval or denied application appeals will suffer from deteriorating health, poverty, and even death as they await their life-saving disability benefits.

To help save precious time for those struggling with fatal or extremely serious health conditions and diseases, the Social Security Administration has compiled a list of 50 compassionate allowances - 50 diseases, illnesses, and conditions that qualify quickly for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA says that the list will expand over the next few months and years.


Here is a full list of the Social Security Administration's compassionate allowances:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Alexander Disease (ALX)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer
  • Astrocytoma - Grade III and IV
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Canavan Disease (CD)
  • Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
  • Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Farber's Disease (FD) - Infantile
  • Friedreichs Ataxia (FRDA)
  • Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Picks Disease
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gaucher Disease (GD)
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Tumor)
  • Head and Neck Cancers
  • Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Krabbe Disease (KD) - Infantile
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS)
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD)
  • Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) - Type A
  • Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) - Type II
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma
  • Pleural Mesothelioma
  • Pompe Disease
  • Rett (RTT) Syndrome
  • Salivary Tumors
  • Sandhoff Disease
  • Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, or Uterus)
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) - Types 0 And 1
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Ureter Cancer