Sunday, December 11, 2011

SSA to Expand Compassionate Allowances List in 2012

Social Security Administration (SSA) has notified the APF that it hopes to expand its Compassionate Allowances list in 2012. 

As most of you know, Compassionate Allowances are diagnoses so severely disabling that affected individuals, almost always, ultimately are approved for Social Security disability assistance, when they apply. However, the approval process may take a long time, particularly with rare diseases. For that reason, Social Security Commissioner, Michael Astrue, worked with his staff to create the Compassionate Allowances program early in his tenure as commissioner. 

Having a disease that is on the Compassionate Allowances list doesn't guarantee that a patient will be given approval for disability assistance. However, it does guarantee a timely review of his/her application for assistance.

To give SSA time to conduct a thorough review of all suggested diagnoses, the APF will be submitting its suggestions to SSA immediately. We must have information by Tuesday, December 13. The requirements are very specific.

SSA's definition of disability is as follows:

Adults: You must be unable to do any substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year, or be expected to result in your death.

Children: The child must have a physical or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits his or her activities; and the condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death.

Please contact the APF or email Desiree Lyon at

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