Four new Compassionate Allowances conditions – CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder, Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, Primary Peritoneal Cancer, and Richter Syndrome – were announced last week by Andrew Saul, Social Security commissioner.

Compassionate Allowances is a program to quickly identify severe diseases and medical conditions that meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.

“Social Security’s highest priority is to serve the public and we are committed to ensuring Americans with disabilities receive the benefits they are eligible for,” Saul said.

The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant’s condition or disease clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability.

Due to the severe nature of many of these conditions, these claims are often allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone.

The list has grown to a total of 237 conditions, including certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children.

To date, more than 600,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this fast-track policy-compliant disability process.

The agency incorporates leading technology to identify potential Compassionate Allowances and make quick decisions, according to a prepared press release.

When a person applies for disability benefits, Social Security must obtain medical records in order to make an accurate determination.

People may apply online for disability benefits by visiting To create a my Social Security account, visit

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