The commissioner of the Social Security Administration announced that five new conditions are now part of the administration’s Compassionate Allowances program. California residents will be interested to know these conditions: GM1 Gangliosidosis, Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumors, Nicolaides-Baraister Syndrome, Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain and Rubinstein-Tybai Syndrome.

Compassionate Allowance allows for the identification of medical conditions that merit expedited dispersal of Social Security disability benefits. The commissioner explains the top priority for the SSA is serving the needs of the public. He said that one way the agency seeks to meet this goal is a constant improvement in the process for identifying disabled Americans.

The commissioner applauds the Compassionate Allowance program for the benefit it provides to individuals who will more than likely become approved for disability benefits in the future. Due to the program, these individuals will receive benefits sooner than what’s possible with the normal process.

More than 600,000 disability recipients have had their claims expedited through the Compassionate Allowance program. The list now includes 242 conditions that include multiple cancers, rare disorders that wreak havoc in the lives of children, and brain disorders that most often affect adults.

The SSA makes use of current technology to make quick decisions regarding patients who fit the criteria for Compassionate Allowance. IT personnel for the SSA use medical records technology to access a patient’s medical history. Electronic access allows the administration to evaluate the medical history of a claimant faster than what was possible when the process was completely manual.

The Social Security Administration is committed to providing aid to disabled individuals and others who need the help they provide. However, navigating the process to secure disability benefits can become a little difficult for the common person. Individuals with questions regarding disability benefits and the appeals process may want to reach out to an attorney.