The Social Security Administration Expands the Compassionate Allowances Initiative

On August 11, 2012, the Social Security Administration (SSA) added 52 Compassionate Allowances conditions which include certain types of cancers and neurological and immune system disorders.  This addition raises the list of conditions from 113 to 165, and will benefit those who clearly meet the qualifications for receiving Social Security disability benefits.

Compassionate Allowances (CAL) identifies the most serious diseases and medical conditions that undoubtedly meet the definition of disability, and ensures that adults and children alike quickly receive the benefits they need.  The conditions were announced at the World Orphan Drug Congress in April 2012 and are effective immediately.  For more information and the list of the Compassionate Allowances, please visit

Furthermore, Commissioner of Social Security, Michael J. Astrue, announced the creation of a small grants program which will allow graduate students in the fields of public health, social work, economics, occupational medicine, vocational and rehabilitation counseling, public policy and administration, sociology, psychology, education, medicine, and law to conduct supervised research on improving the efficiency of the Disability Determination Process (DDP).  Many people find the DDP to be complex and extensive, and often need help navigating the process.  For assistance with obtaining the benefits you deserve, visit