Social Security must provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards.
Compassionate allowances are a way of quickly identifying these and other other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments.
Commissioner Astrue has held two Compassionate Allowance public outreach hearings. The first was on rare diseases and the second was on cancers. A third hearing on brain injuries was held on November 18, 2008.
A modest 50 conditions have been selected for the initiative's roll out. The list which follows may expand over time.
Check out the following links for the 50 conditions that currently qualify for Compassionate Allowance as well as other processes available to "fast track" approvals for SSI and SSDI.