Your current medical condition qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance, but does it qualify for a fast-track decision? Rather than waiting months to hear from the Social Security Administration, some conditions qualify for processing that takes only a matter of days. 

The AARP explores the circumstances of fast-tracking SSDI applications. Learn how long you can expect to wait for a response to your SSDI claim. 

Qualifying conditions

Conditions that qualify for a faster SSDI decision range from neurodegenerative diseases and rapidly advancing cancers to rare genetic disorders. Applications that indicate a terminal condition, that the applicant lives in hospice care or a metastasized cancer could qualify for a faster decision. Disabled applicants at risk of experiencing homelessness may also receive a rapid decision. 

You do not have to apply for an expedited review. Instead, the SSA scans applications for conditions on the administration’s Compassionate Allowances list. Whether your application receives a faster decision depends on your specific diagnosis and the current severity of your condition. 

Besides the SSA’s standard software system that scans applications for qualifying fast-track conditions, it also uses Quick Disability Determination to screen online applications. The way this system works is that it looks for specific key phrases and words. Even if you do not apply online, a claims examiner can mark your application for fast-tracking. 

Fast-track considerations

Even with fast-track approval, you must still complete a waiting period before receiving benefits. The earliest to expect your first benefit payment is five months from the day the SSA determines your disability started. 

Do not wait longer than necessary to get the financial help you qualify for with the SSA. A fast-tracked decision could help you experience financial relief sooner rather than later.