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How to fast track your SSDI application

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | SSDI/SSI |

Waiting for approval for a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim can be frustrating, especially if applicants lack other household income or have a medical condition that could potentially shorten their lives. Approval or denial can take months, with wait times increasing significantly since 2019. However, some Virginia residents may be able to fast-track their application.

Expedited processing for specific medical conditions

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a list of 226 medical conditions eligible for fast-tracking of Social Security Disability Insurance applications. In addition to those medical conditions, applicants can shorten their wait time if they are United States military veterans or face extenuating circumstances.

Expedited processing occurs under two SSA programs: Compassionate Allowances and Quick Disability Determination. The SSA automatically flags certain applications that fit the profile for fast-track processing. About 7.5% or 175,000 applications qualify annually for expedited processing. However, disability experts indicate that you should consider listing the reason for the expedited processing of your applications to increase your chances.

Several terminal conditions, like stage IV cancers, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or if an applicant is receiving in-home hospice care, can qualify for TERI, SSA’s term for conditions expected to result in death. Contact the SSA directly through a phone call or a “dire need” letter to expedite processing if you face problems such as eviction or foreclosure. Wounded warrior military members are also fast-tracked under specific circumstances.

Seeking help for your application

Applications for SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program providing income for low-income disabled individuals, have exacting requirements, so you should consider seeking professional help to ensure you have included all necessary information and documentation. Many applications are initially denied and must go through an appeal. Professional help can also help determine why your application may be stuck in the system.

Another way to speed up your chances of getting SSDI is to contact your Congressional representative. Contact your senator’s or House member’s office and speak with a staffer who can work on your behalf by inquiring about your claim and determining whether it qualifies for expedited processing.