Social Security Disability Compassionate Allowance

Compassionate allowance is a expedited process to get Social Security disability or SSI for individuals with certain specific medical conditions. SSA now has a list of 200 medical conditions that are considered severe enough to meet the definition of disability under the Social Security program. Individuals suffering from one of these medical conditions is entitled to a much faster decision. A decision under the compassionate allowance can come in a matter of weeks instead of the normal months or years it can take in a normal SSDI or SSI claim. It appears that the compassionate allowance program has been very successful in ensuring that those with very severe medical conditions get a decision as quickly as possible.
Compassionate allowance should not be confused with the Social Security disability medical listing of impairments. If you do not have a medical condition on the compassionate allowance list you can still be found disabled under the medical listing of impairments or if your medical condition's functional limitations can be shown to prevent you from working, however, it would not be entitled to the quicker decision under the compassionate allowance initiative.

Of the 200 medical conditions many of them but not all are for different types of cancers. Below you will find a list of these 200 medical conditions eligible for compassionate allowance. Social Security has been adding medical conditions to this list as they gather information to determine which medical conditions are so severe that there diagnosis alone would almost always result in a finding of disability under Social Security rules. If you have a medical condition on this list is extremely important to point this out on your application to ensure you are given special treatment in your decision. Social Security is supposed to identify and pull these cases out on their own but to make sure you get the expedited process you should make a point to note you have one of these conditions on your application for disability benefits.  For more information you can also visit the SSA Compassionate Allowance page on the Social Security website.

List of Compassionate Allowance Conditions

Acute Leukemia
Adrenal Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Adult Onset Huntington Disease
Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome
Alexander Disease (ALX) - Neonatal and Infantile
Allan-Herndon-Dudley Syndrome
Alobar Holoprosencephaly
Alpers Disease
Alpha Mannosidosis - Type II and III
Alstrom Syndrome
Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Angelman Syndrome
Aortic Atresia
Aplastic Anemia
Astrocytoma - Grade III and IV
Ataxia Telangiectasia
Batten Disease
Beta Thalassemia Major
Bilateral Optic Atrophy- Infantile
Bilateral Retinoblastoma
Bladder Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
Breast Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
Canavan Disease (CD)
Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site
Caudal Regression Syndrome - Types III and IV
Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome
Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis
Child Neuroblastoma - with distant metastases or recurrent
Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma - recurrent
Child T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma
Chondrosarcoma - with multimodal therapy
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) - Blast Phase
Congenital Lymphedema
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome
Corticobasal Degeneration
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – Adult
Cri du Chat Syndrome
Degos Disease - Systemic
DeSanctis Cacchione Syndrome
Dravet Syndrome
Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18)
Eisenmenger Syndrome
Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma
Endomyocardial Fibrosis
Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor)
Erdheim Chester Disease
Esophageal Cancer
Ewing Sarcoma
 Farber's Disease (FD) – Infantile
Fatal Familial Insomnia
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva
Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma - metastatic or recurrent
Friedreichs Ataxia (FRDA)
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Picks Disease -Type A – Adult
Fryns Syndrome
Fucosidosis - Type 1
Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
Fulminant Giant Cell Myocarditis
Galactosialidosis - Early and Late Infantile Types
Gallbladder Cancer
Gaucher Disease (GD) - Type 2
Glioblastoma Multiforme (Adult Brain Tumor)
Glioma Grade III and IV
Glutaric Acidemia - Type II
Head and Neck Cancers - with distant metastasis or inoperable or unresectable
Heart Transplant Graft Failure
Heart Transplant Wait List - 1A/1B
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) - Familial Type
Hepatopulmonary Syndrome
Hepatorenal Syndrome
Histiocytosis Syndromes
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis Syndrome
Hypophosphatasia Perinatal (Lethal) and Infantile Onset Types
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
I Cell Disease
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease
Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)
Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
Jervell and Lange-Nielsen Syndrome
Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa - Lethal Type
Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease
Kidney Cancer - inoperable or unresectable
Krabbe Disease (KD) – Infantile
Kufs Disease - Type A and B
Large Intestine Cancer - with distant metastasis or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses
Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Recipient
Leigh’s Disease
Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS)
Lewy Body Dementia
Liver Cancer
Lowe Syndrome
Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis - Grade III
Malignant Brain Stem Gliomas – Childhood
Malignant Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Malignant Germ Cell Tumor
Malignant Melanoma - with metastases
Malignant Multiple Sclerosis
Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)
Maple Syrup Urine Disease
Mastocytosis - Type IV
MECP2 Duplication Syndrome
Medulloblastoma - with metastases
Menkes Disease - Classic or Infantile Onset Form
Merkel Cell Carcinoma - with metastases
Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) - Late Infantile
Mitral Valve Atresia
Mixed Dementias
MPS I, formerly known as Hurler Syndrome
MPS II, formerly known as Hunter Syndrome
MPS III, formerly known as Sanfilippo Syndrome
Mucosal Malignant Melanoma
Multicentric Castleman Disease
Multiple System Atrophy
Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome
Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation - Types 1 and 2
NFU-1 Mitochondrial Disease
Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) - Type A
Niemann-Pick Disease-Type C
Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - with metastases to or beyond the hilar nodes or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Obliterative Bronchiolitis
Ohtahara Syndrome
Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency
Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia
Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) - Type II
Osteosarcoma, formerly known as Bone Cancer  - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
Ovarian Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
 Pancreatic Cancer
Paraneoplastic Pemphigus
Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13)
Pearson Syndrome
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Classic Form
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Connatal Form
Peripheral Nerve Cancer - metastatic or recurrent
Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Peritoneal Mucinous Carcinomatosis
Perry Syndrome
Phelan-McDermid Syndrome
Pleural Mesothelioma
Pompe Disease – Infantile
Primary Cardiac Amyloidosis
Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
Primary Effusion Lymphoma
Primary Progressive Aphasia
Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Pulmonary Atresia
Pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma
Retinopathy of Prematurity - Stage V
Rett (RTT) Syndrome
Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata
Roberts Syndrome
Salivary Tumors
Sandhoff Disease
Schindler Disease - Type 1
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency - Childhood
Single Ventricle
Sinonasal Cancer
Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, or Uterus)
Small Cell Lung Cancer
Small Intestine Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) - Types 0 and 1
Spinal Nerve Root Cancer-metastatic or recurrent
Spinocerebellar Ataxia
Stiff Person Syndrome
Stomach Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis
Tabes Dorsalis
Tay Sachs Disease - Infantile Type
Thanatophoric Dysplasia - Type 1
The ALS/Parkinsonism Dementia Complex
Thyroid Cancer
Transplant Coronary Artery Vasculopathy
Tricuspid Atresia
Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
Ureter Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Usher Syndrome - Type I
Walker Warburg Syndrome
Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
Wolman Disease
Xeroderma Pigmentosum
Zellweger Syndrome

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