The Social Security Administration has announced the newest additions to the Compassionate Allowance Conditions for 2012. The agency added 35 conditions, bringing the total number to 200. According to the SSA, "Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits. 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. By definition, these conditions are so severe that Social Security does not need to fully develop the applicant's work history to make a decision. As a result, Social Security eliminated this part of the application process for people who have a condition on the list."
It is good news that the SSA is adding new conditions to the list of those fast-tracked, but I'm wondering when autoimmune diseases, such as Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, are going to make this list. There are no known cures for these diseases and those who have them are often very disabled, as well as in danger of exposure to a multitude of illnesses just by being in a traditional workplace. In the next decision making go-round, it would be nice to see these forgotten individuals included under "compassionate allowances" as well.