A recent blog post in the Wall Street Journal says that the number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits has levelled off. The number of people receiving SSD benefits has been relatively constant for about a year, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The number of applications has declined as the economy slowly recovered. In 2013, 2.6 million workers applied for SSD benefits, the lowest number since 2008; the agency approved benefits for 884,894 workers, the smallest number since 2007. In March of 2014, 10,981,423 people received SSD benefits, down from December of 2013, when 10,988,269 were listed as recipients of SSD.
What does this seemingly good news mean for the average employee who can no longer work because of illness or injury? In theory, it should mean that the wait time for a decision should go down. However, despite the smaller number of workers applying for and receiving benefits, applying for SSD benefits continues to be complicated. The efforts of those who oppose benefits for the disabled have made the SSA overly-concerned about fraud, causing them to deny perfectly legitimate claims. The result has been ongoing challenges for employees seeking disability benefits after they can no longer work.
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Source: Wall Street Journal Washington Wire, "Has Social Security Disability Enrollment Hit Plateau?" Apr. 16, 2014.