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Who may apply for an SSDI fast-track decision?

The Social Security Administration has two methods to screen disability applications for fast-track approvals. As noted on SSA.gov, the first method uses a computer model to identify conditions eligible for expedited processing. The Quick Disability Determinations Program makes use of the first method.

The second method expedites applications processed through the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances Program. When the system predicts a strong likelihood of a severe disability, applicants may receive their eligibility status faster.

Quick Disability Determinations Program application timeframes

To receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, a severe medical condition or impairment must last for at least one year. Nearly 7% of the applications submitted in 2020 qualified for QDD expediting, according to the SSA.

The SSA processed the 2020 applications within a time frame of 11 to 12 days. Having your medical records readily available could help your case move quicker if a computer flags your disability as falling within the QDD guidelines.

Conditions that may qualify for the Compassionate Allowances Program

The SSA lists at least 266 medical conditions that its software may flag for fast-track eligibility. You may receive benefits faster under the Compassionate Allowances Program. As reported by the AARP, a terminal condition with a high likelihood of death could result in expedited processing. Applicants with rare genetic disorders or certain cancers may also qualify for quicker approvals.

The SSA’s electronic screening system flags applications to determine eligibility for speedy approvals. The system recognizes disabling conditions based on keywords or phrases. Automatic keyword triggers include hospice care or metastasized cancer. If you have a severe medical condition, you may qualify to receive SSDI benefits sooner.