Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts can qualify for Social Security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance Program. In this particular type of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), there are more blasts than normal in the bone marrow and/or blood. The victim also has low (i.e., decreased) numbers of at least one type of the body’s blood cell. Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts qualifies automatically disability benefits as part of the Compassionate Allowance program. This means that, when you apply for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, your application will be processed as fast as possible so that you can begin receiving the money you need because you are unable to work.
What is Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts?
Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts (MDS-EB) is a rare and comparative type of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). When this medical condition is present in a victim, the early forms of blood cells (i.e., blasts) increase within the blood and/or bone marrow. In addition, there MDS-EB also causes a decreased number of at least one type of blood cell in the body. Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts (MDS-EB) is considered a cancer that is likely to shorten the patient’s life.
What is a Compassionate Allowance?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a compassionate allowance for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) which is a procedure that allows patients to request the fast-tracking of their disability benefits application—and, thereby, their receiving of these benefits once approved.
Compassionate allowances are a method used by the SSA to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that are eligible for disability benefits. The medical conditions which usually qualify for a Compassionate Allowance include some cancers, adult brain disorders, and several rare disorders which affect children.
There are many medical conditions that typically meet the SSA’s requirements for the Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits Compassionate Allowance. Some of these are listed below:
- Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma;
- Adult Onset Huntington Disease;
- Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma;
- Breast Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable;
- Child Lymphoblastic Lymphoma;
- Child Lymphoma;
- Desmoplastic Mesothelioma;
- Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease;
- Esophageal Cancer;
- Fibrolamellar Cancer;
- Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy;
- Glioma Grade III and IV.
Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts (MDS-EB) can qualify as a compassionate allowance as long as it meets the requirements in Section 13.13 A 1 and 2 of the SSA’s Blue Book under Cancer. Qualifying with MDS-EB will depend on whether the progress of the disease prevents the victim from working.
Medical Evidence for Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts
To get an accurate diagnosis for Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts, the SSA will require the following evidence:
- results of a physical examination;
- the patient’s complete blood count (CBC);
- examination of bone marrow aspiration and blood smear;
- genetic testing.
Get Help With Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts Claim
To qualify for a Compassionate Allowance from the SSA, it is important to provide any and all medical evidence necessary in order for you to prove the presence of Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Excess Blasts of the Central Nervous System. Additionally, before you file a claim, you should consider contacting a lawyer who may be able to help you with the process.
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