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SSA Adds Four New Compassionate Allowances Conditions

On August 19, 2019, the SSA added four new conditions to the list of compassionate allowances. The SSA has a list of conditions they consider disabling. This list is the Listed Impairments. Additionally, the SSA has a list of disabling impairments they consider to be automatically disabling. This list is the Compassionate Allowances Conditions list.  It isn’t often that the SSA adds impairments to the list of Compassionate Allowances, because the list contains only those impairments that are immediately payable. Because the cases are immediately payable, they are put on a fast-track review and approval process.

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SSA adds to the list as it sees fit. The list tries to keep up to date with advancements in the field of medicine. Typically, the impairments are put on the list as their severity becomes clear to the medical community. Below, please find the following four new compassionate allowances. The conditions are:

  • CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder, a seizure disorder with accompanying severe developmental delays, caused by a genetic mutation;
  • Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, which can include intellectual disability, seizures, and breathing problems and is from a genetic mutation;
  • Primary Peritoneal Cancer, a type of cancer seen more frequently in women, where malignant cells form in the tissue covering abdominal organs; and
  • Richter Syndrome, which occurs in approximately 2-10% of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) or Small Lymphocytic Leukemia (SLL) cases and involves a change to a more aggressive type of cancer.


According to an SSA press release, the Compassionate Allowances program “identifies claims where the applicant’s condition or disease clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability.” SSA states more than “600,000 people with severe disabilities met with approval through this fast- track policy-compliant disability process.”  If you have one of the disabling impairments above, your case qualifies for immediate approval. Contact or call Cannon Disability Law today and we will help you receive fast-track approval.

If you believe you have another disabling impairment that may qualify for immediate approval, you may be correct. For a complete copy of the list of impairments, go to the Social Security website. There is also a list of compassionate allowances on our website, that you can check to see if you condition is on the list. Finally, one can also go to the list of presumptive disabilities on our website. While presumptive disabilities do receive special treatment, they are not the same as compassionate allowances conditions. Therefore, make sure you check both lists. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your disability case.

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