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Social Security Adds Five Conditions to Compassionate Allowances (CAL) Program

2018 August 21
by Steve Perrigo

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the addition of five conditions to the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program Monday, Aug. 20. A prior expansion was announced last September.

The new CAL listings are:

  • Fibrolamellar Cancer
  • Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMIHS)
  • Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation Syndrome (MCAP)
  • Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System
  • Tetrasomy 18p

The CAL program was implemented in 2008 and has grown to a list of 233 conditions, such as pancreatic cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and acute leukemia, that receive fast-track status for receiving Social Security disability benefits.

It is designed to quickly identify claimants where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability due to severity.  To date, more than 500,000 individuals with disabilities have been approved for benefits under CAL.

Find a complete list of CAL conditions online.


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