New Compassionate Allowances

February 19, 2014

The Social Security Administration has approved 25 new compassionate allowances, which are medical impairments that SSA has indicated they will approve on an expedited basis due to the severity of the disease.  The list of compassionate allowances now include the following new diseases:

1.      Angiosarcoma

2.      Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor

3.      Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction

4.      Coffin- Lowry Syndrome

5.      Esthesioneuroblastoma

6.      Giant Axonal Neuropathy

7.      Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome

8.      Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma

9.      Joubert Syndrome

10.     Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis

11.     Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent

12.     Malignant Ectomesenchymoma

13.     Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor

14.     Marshall-Smith Syndrome

15.     Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III

16.     Pallister-Killian Syndrome

17.     Progressive Bulbar Palsy

18.     Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases

19.     Revesz Syndrome

20.     Seckel Syndrome

21.     Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome

22.     Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus

23.     Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent

24.     X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease

25.     X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

 

 

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Drawing unemployment benefits while applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult.  When applying for unemployment, a person in the State of Florida must affirm that he is actively looking for a job.  When applying for Social Security Disability, a person is stating that he is unable to work.  On the face, this sounds confusing, but in some instances, individuals will actually qualify for both benefits.

Consider the 60 year old man who previously worked in a heavy construction job was laid off because he cannot perform his job due to the limiting effects of arthritis.  This man may be unable to work at a construction job or something in a similar capacity, which renders him disabled for Social Security purposes.  If he is looking for a lighter position, something at a desk perhaps, he also qualifies for unemployment.  Social Security considers the fact that he is unlikely to be hired due to the negative factors of his age and lack of experience at desk work and has made a legislative determination that a person who is 60 with past work at a demanding physical job is, for the purposes of Social Security Disability, effectively “disabled” if he is unable to do more than sit down job.

Congress is now considering barring the dual receipt of benefits, which will cause all sorts of headaches.  As many people know, it can take years to obtain Social Security Disability.  Medicare is attached to SSD.  Unemployment comes quickly, and at a time when a person is unable to work.  If a person applies for and receives unemployment, it will limit the ability to draw the SSD benefits that he is also entitled to and may cause a significant delay in the eligibility for Medicare.

Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, recently announced that the United States government will recognize, for purposes of federal benefits, presumably including Social Security benefits, same sex marriages performed in Utah during the brief period of time between the date that a U.S. District Court issued an order declaring Utah’s prohibition of same sex marriages unconstitutional and the date that the Supreme Court granted a stay of that order. On the other hand, Social Security will not recognize the same sex marriages of Utah residents if those marriages were solemnized outside Utah!

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