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:
Cri du Chat Syndrome
Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
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
Maple Syrup Urine Disease
Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
Mucosal Malignant Melanoma
Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, Infantile Type
Niemann-Pick Type C
Primary Progressive Aphasia
Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
Subacute Sclerosis Panencephalitis
Tay Sachs Disease
Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Type 1
Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
Walker Warburg Syndrome