Five New Disabilities Added to the Compassionate Allowances List in 2018

The Social Security Administration added five new conditions, all rare, to the compassionate allowances list in 2018:

  • fibrolamellar carcinoma
  • megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIH)
  • megalencephaly-capillary malformation syndrome in infants (M-CAP or M-CM)
  • superficial siderosis of the central nervous system, and
  • tetrasomy 18p.

Conditions on the compassionate allowances list (CAL) receive expedited processing from Social Security, since they are likely to qualify. A simple diagnosis of fibrolamellar carcinoma, a form of liver cancer, means that the claimant is entitled to benefits. The other conditions need to meet other criteria to be approved for benefits.

Applications with a condition on the CAL are often decided within a month. The number of disability claimants approved under the compassionate allowance program recently reached the 500,000 mark, getting benefits faster to those with serious illnesses.

A complete list of conditions that qualify for compassionate allowances can be found on the Social Security website at