July 15, 2011

Social Security Announces New Compassionate Allowance Conditions

 Dear Colleague:

Yesterday, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced 12 additional Compassionate Allowances conditions involving severe heart diseases, bringing the total number of conditions in the expedited disability process to 100.  Details of the announcement are discussed in our press release.

Commissioner Astrue said, "We reached a significant milestone for the Compassionate Allowances program.  We have an obligation to award benefits quickly to people whose medical conditions are so serious they clearly meet our disability standards.  We are now able to do precisely that for 100 severe conditions."

The Compassionate Allowances initiative is one of two parts of the agency's fast-track system for certain disability claims.  When combined with the Quick Disability Determination process, Social Security approved more than 100,000 cases last year, usually in less than two weeks.  This year, the agency expects to fast-track nearly 150,000 cases.

 For more information about the agency's Compassionate Allowances initiative, please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/.

I encourage you to share this exciting news with your members, colleagues, and other interested parties.


 Aviva Sufian, M.P.P., M.P.H.

Associate Commissioner of External Affairs