The Social Security Administration (SSA) has added 25 conditions to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Compassionate Allowances.
People who qualify for SSDI can get access to Medicare as well as disability benefits.
Getting ordinary SSDI determinations often takes years.
Congress created the Compassionate Allowances program for people with severe, relatively easy-to-assess problems, in an effort to help those applicants get benefits decisions within about 20 days.
About 200,000 people have received benefits approvals through the fast-track process, officials say.
Here’s the list of conditions added to the program:
- Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
- Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
- Coffin-Lowry Syndrome
- Giant Axonal Neuropathy
- Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome
- Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma
- Joubert Syndrome
- Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
- Liposarcoma-metastatic or recurrent
- Malignant Ectomesenchymoma
- Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
- Marshall-Smith Syndrome
- Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor – Grade III
- Pallister-Killian Syndrome
- Progressive Bulbar Palsy
- Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases
- Revesz Syndrome
- Seckel Syndrome
- Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome
- Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma with distant metastases or recurren
- X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease
- X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy