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December 9, 2012

Social Security OKs medical conditions

35 new allowances help expedite disability process

CUMBERLAND —  The U.S. Social Security Administration has 35 new compassionate allowance conditions in its expedited disability process, Michael Astrue, commissioner of Social Security, said.

This brings the total number of conditions in the process to 200. Compassionate allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that automatically meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.

 The new conditions include adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma, adult onset Huntington disease, Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome, alveolar soft-part sarcoma, aplastic anemia, beta thalassemia major, bilateral optic atrophy — infantile, caudal regression syndrome — types III and IV, child T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, congenital lymphedema, DeSanctis Cacchione syndrome, Dravet syndrome, endometrial stromal sarcoma, Erdheim Chester disease, fatal familial insomnia, Fryns syndrome, fulminant giant cell myocarditis, hep-atopulmonary syndrome, hepatorenal syndrome, Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome, lei-omyosarcoma, malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumor, malignant germ cell tumor, MECP 2 duplication syndrome, Menkes disease — classic or infantile onset form, NFU-1 mitochondrial disease, non-ketotic hyperglycinemia, peritoneal mucinous carcinomatosis, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, retinopathy of prematurity — Stage V, Roberts syndrome, severe combined immunodeficiency — childhood, sinonasal cancer, transplant coronary artery vasculopathy and Usher syndrome — Type I.

The program fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders and a number of rare disorders that affect children.

“We have achieved another milestone for the Compassionate Allowances program, reaching 200 conditions,” Astrue said.  

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