Compassionate Allowances disability conditions expanded

Last week another 25 Compassionate Allowances medical conditions were added to the existing list bringing the total number of conditions to 225.

The Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative is a way to expedite the processing of Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are so severe that their conditions obviously meet Social Security’s definition of disability.

To date, almost 200,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through the fast-track CAL disability process.

Compassionate Allowances is part of the Social Security and SSI disability decision process, not a separate program. For the specified conditions, a person applying for benefits will receive a medical decision faster than usual but the Social Security medical definition of disability remains the same. All the usual non-medical requirements, such as having enough work for Social Security disability or meeting SSI income and resource rules, still apply.

 The 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions are listed in a Social Security press release reachable through the News portion of the SSA homepage at www.socialsecurity.gov. The full list of CAL conditions is here.

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