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Expanded Compassionate Allowances

Expanded Compassionate Allowances

Most applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are denied initially and must appeal to obtain their benefits. There are certain conditions that expedite the approval process and guarantee benefits because they are so debilitating. Instead of having to prove how a disability or condition affects your ability to work, just have a diagnosis of one of these conditions is enough to prove full disability and qualify you for a compassionate allowance.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently added four conditions to their list of compassionate allowances: Pitt Hopkins syndrome; primary peritoneal cancer; CDKL5 deficiency disorder; and Richter syndrome.

The list of compassionate allowances has grown to 237 conditions, which are mostly comprised of certain cancers, rare disorders that affect children, and adult brain disorders.

SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul stated: “Social Security’s highest priority is to serve the public, and we are committed to ensuring Americans with disabilities receive the benefits they are eligible for.”