The Commissioner of Social Security has allowed special expedited processing for “compassionate allowances” which Social Security Administration defines as medical conditions that are so severe that the conditions obviously meet Social Security’s standards. The SSA is launching this program in an effort to expedite the processing of severe claims.

This program is different, however, from the “quick disability determinations” (QDD). “Quick determinations” include situations where a finding of disability is a “strong likelihood”. The “compassionate allowances” conditions involve a single condition that is “certain” to be determined to be disabling. Most conditions that qualify for “compassionate allowance” are either rare diseases or cancers. Conditions that qualify for compassionate allowances can be found at the following links:

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