The Social Security Administration recently announced 35 additional Compassionate Allowances conditions are in effect beginning December 1, 2012, bringing the total number of conditions in the expedited disability process to 200.  Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.  The program fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years.  These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children. 

 Commissioner Michael Astrue was enthusiastically noted that there are not 200 diseases included in the Compassionate Allowance program and stated that almost 200,000 people with severe disabilities nationwide have been quickly approved, usually in less than two weeks, through the program since the program was instituted in October 2008.

Additional medical conditions that were added include Aplastic Anemia, Congenital Lymphedema and Roberts Syndrome.  For a complete list of the compassionate allowance conditions, visit

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