It was almost exactly a year ago that this blog announced twelve additional conditions and diseases that would be considered by Social Security to meet their criteria for Compassionate Allowances. Twelve months later another twelve conditions have been added to the list.
As was recorded last year, Compassionate Allowance allows for the SSDI and SSI application process to be speeded up for those who have an illness that Social Security deems undeniably disabling. An applicant need only provide proof from her doctor that she has the condition in question to qualify. Of course, they also need to meet the non-disability criteria for benefits, such as having gained insured status to qualify for SSDI, or having limited income and resources to qualify for SSI.
The twelve new additions to the growing list, now at 266, comprise such rarities, one hopes, as follows: Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma, Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease, Microvillus Inclusion Disease – Child, Mowat-Wilson Syndrome, Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts, NUT Carcinoma, Pfeiffer Syndrome – Types II and III, Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia, Posterior Cortical Atrophy, Renal Amyloidosis – AL Type, and Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma.
For further reading, here’s the press release from SSA: Press Release | Press Office | SSA