The Compassionate Allowances program from the Social Security Administration was started in response to long wait times many Claimants see after having applied for Social Security disability. The Compassionate Allowances program allows those with certain severe conditions whose disability obviously meets disability standards to quickly navigate the disability process. It is not a separate program from the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs, but just a means for claimants to get approved under those programs faster.

On August 16, 2021, the Social Security Administration added 12 conditions to the list of the diagnoses that qualify for a Compassionate Allowance designation. The 12 conditions are: