Social Security has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards.
Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information. Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security to target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly. Compassionate Allowances is not a separate program from the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs. Social Security’s Compassionate Allowance program has expanded to include 200 disabling conditions.
For the expanded list of conditions please click http://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm.
For more information on the CAL Program click http://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/index.htm.