Social Security Adds 35 Conditions to Compassionate Allowances Program, Reports Allsup

List of qualifying conditions reaches 200; Allsup outlines benefits of representation when seeking SSDI benefits
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Dec. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced yesterday it has added 35 conditions to its Compassionate Allowances program. This is a step forward for individuals with rare or severe conditions that clearly meet the rules for disability benefits, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance ( (SSDI) representation.

The Compassionate Allowances program was introduced in 2008 to fast-track disability claims that obviously qualify for benefits based on a predetermined list of diseases and conditions. Many of these conditions, which now number 200, are types of cancers or adult brain disorders. Click here for a complete list of Compassionate Allowances conditions ( Individuals with these qualifying conditions can receive disability benefits in a matter of weeks versus months or even years.

“Rare diseases tend to be severe and chronic,” said Peter Saltonstall, president and CEO of the National Organization for Rare Disorders, whose organization praised the announcement from SSA. “Many people affected by these diseases struggle with overwhelming medical and financial challenges.”

Seeking SSDI representation offers advantages to individuals with disabilities, including those who may qualify for the SSA’s fast-track initiative, said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of claims at Allsup.

“Allsup representatives can help individuals determine if their conditions meet Compassionate Allowances requirements,” Stein explained. “However, even qualifying applicants—about 5 percent of all initial claims—still face a comprehensive application process. Allsup can gather the necessary medical and work histories, and complete the proper documentation to support the claim.”

SSDI is a federally mandated disability insurance program overseen by the SSA that operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Income programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a severe disability expected to last for more than 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible.

With more than 2.8 million Social Security disability applications in FY2012 alone, it’s important to file for benefits as soon as possible. “To ensure SSA workers realize the claim should be reviewed quickly, an Allsup representative will flag the claim as a Compassionate Allowances claim,” Stein said. “With hundreds of years of combined experience working with the SSA, our representatives can help people avoid mistakes that could result in delays on their claim.”

Nearly 200,000 individuals with severe disabilities have received disabilities benefits faster through the Compassionate Allowances program, according to the SSA. The new qualifying conditions are:

Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Adult-Onset Huntington Disease
Allan-Herndon-Dudley Syndrome
Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
Aplastic Anemia
Beta Thalassemia Major
Bilateral Optic Atrophy – Infantile
Caudal Regression Syndrome – Types III and IV
Child T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma
Congenital Lymphedema
DeSanctis-Cacchione Syndrome
Dravet Syndrome
Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma
Erdheim Chester Disease
Fatal Familial Insomnia
Fryns Syndrome
Fulminant Giant Cell Myocarditis
Hepatopulmonary Syndrome
Hepatorenal Syndrome
Jervell and Lange-Nielsen Syndrome
Malignant Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Malignant Germ Cell Tumor
MECP2 Duplication Syndrome
Menkes Disease – Classic or Infantile Onset Form
NFU1 Mitochondrial Disease
Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia
Peritoneal Mucinous Carcinomatosis
Phelan-McDermid Syndrome
Retinopathy of Prematurity – Stage V
Roberts Syndrome
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency – Childhood
Sinonasal Cancer
Transplant Coronary Artery Vasculopathy
Usher Syndrome – Type I

For more information about eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, contact Allsup’s Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 678-3276.

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to or visit Allsup on Facebook at
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