In April, the Social Security Administration announced that they will be adding 52 more conditions to the Compassionate Allowance list. This initiative helps to identify medical conditions that have minimal medical information, but those who suffer from them qualify as ‘disabled.’
A few of these serious medical conditions include rare cancers, cardiovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and neurological disorders. This announcement of 52 conditions will bring the total list of Compassionate Allowances to 165.
The National Institute of Health helps to identify new conditions that require approval rapidly. In the past fiscal year alone, nearly 61,000 people that suffered from severe disabilities were able to receive benefits through the initiative. The number of personal bankruptcies that came about because of these conditions is in the thousands.