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Social Security Compassionate Allowances Expanded

Compassionate Allowances (CAL) is a way for Social Security to quickly identify applicants who should be provided with benefits because of a serious medical condition(s). Social Security has recently updated its CAL list to include 52 additional conditions. The list now contains 165 conditions complied through public outreach hearings, comments from Social Security Disability Determination Service communities, medical and scientific experts, and research from the National Institutes of Health. Below are the additional CAL conditions that are effective as of August 11, 2012:

• Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome
• Alobar Holoprosencephaly
• Alpers Disease
• Alpha Mannosidosis – Type II and III
• Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site
• Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis
• Child Neuroblastoma – with distant metastases or recurrent
• Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – recurrent
• Chondrosarcoma – with multimodal therapy
• Cornelia de Lange Syndrome-Classic Form
• Ewing Sarcoma
• Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma – metastatic or recurrent
• Fucosidosis – Type 1
• Galactosialidosis – Early and Late Infantile Types
• Glioma Grade III and IV
• Hepatoblastoma
• Histiocytosis Syndromes
• Hutchinson – Gilford Progeria Syndrome
• Hydranencephaly
• Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis Syndrome
• Hypophosphatasia Perinatal (Lethal) and Infantile Onset Types
• I Cell disease
• Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease
• Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease
• Kufs Disease Type A and B
• Lissencephaly
• Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis – Grade III
• Malignant Brain Stem Gliomas – Childhood
• Malignant Melanoma – with metastases
• Mastocytosis Type IV
• Medulloblastoma – with metastases
• Merkel Cell Carcinoma – with metastases
• Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome
• Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
• Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation – Type 1 and Type 2
• Obliterative Bronchiolitis
• Ohtahara Syndrome
• Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia
• Pearson Syndrome
• Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease – Classic Form
• Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease – Connatal Form
• Peripheral Nerve Cancer – metastatic or recurrent
• Perry Syndrome
• Rhabdomyosarcoma
• Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata
• Schindler Disease Type 1
• Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome
• Spinal Nerve Root Cancer – metastatic or recurrent
• Stiff Person Syndrome
• Tabes Dorsalis
• Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
• Xeroderma Pigmentosum

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