Conditions Added to the Social Security Disability CAL List in 2014

Social Security disability CAL list

Individuals who suffer from a mental or physical disability that prohibits them from working for at least a year are eligible for Social Security disability (SSD), which they must apply for through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Approval is needed before a person can receive benefits.

As a means of speeding up the process of Social Security disability claims for individuals who have such severe medical conditions that they clearly meet the definition of disability provided by the SSA, the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative was created.

If it’s determined that you have a CAL-approved disability, you can get approval for your Social Security disability claim in as little as 10 days from when you filed the application as long as your medical records support the claim. In regular cases, it can take an average of five months for a person to find out of their claim has been approved or denied. If the result is not favorable, you have to go through an appeals process to try and get the decision changed.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the the SSA noted that approximately 200,000 individuals with severe disabilities have been approved for Social Security disability benefits as part of the CAL initiative.



New Illnesses Were Added to the Compassionate Allowance List
In 2014, the SSA added 25 conditions to the  Social Security disability CAL list, which includes 12 cancers affecting the neurological, immune, and digestive systems.

Here are the other conditions added to the Social Security disability CAL list:

  • Angiosarcoma
  • Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
  • Coffin-Lowry Syndrome
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Giant Axonal Neuropathy
  • Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson Syndrome
  • Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma
  • Joubert Syndrome
  • Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
  • Liposarcoma – metastatic or recurrent
  • Malignant Ectomesenchymoma
  • Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Marshall-Smith Syndrome
  • Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor – Grade III
  • Pallister-Killian Syndrome
  • Progressive Bulbar Palsy
  • Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases
  • Revesz Syndrome
  • Seckel Syndrome
  • Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma – with distant metastases or recurrent
  • Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus
  • X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease
  • X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

“We plan to add new conditions on an annual basis to the CAL list. Our team works with both internal and external medical experts, National Institute[s] of Health (NIH), and many others to identify and research potential (Compassionate Allowances List) conditions,” Sarah Schultz-Lackey, a Dallas-based SSA spokeswoman, told the Houston Chronicle.

Hire a Lawyer to Help With Social Security Disability Applications
If you suffer from one of these qualifying conditions for Social Security disability, another condition on the Compassionate Allowance list or a disability for which you think you should receive benefits, it’s best to contact a lawyer who is well-versed in applying for Social Security disability. An advocate understands what is needed to file a claim and what’s required to get an approval.

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