There are lots of sources of information about Social Security Disability (SSD) available on the Internet. Of course, some are better than others. One that strives to provide up-to-date information about government programs that include SSD is the White House Blog. A recent post on this blog included the following information:
- SSD provides about one-third of pre-disability wages, on average.
- SSD benefits keep 3 million people out of poverty.
- SSD benefits reduce the level of poverty for 1.9 million people.
- The growth in the number of people seeking and receiving SSD benefits has slowed.
- The big reasons for growth in the number of beneficiaries over the years have been the aging of the baby-boomer population and the increase in the number of women in the workforce.
- The so-called shortfall and the resulting so-called emergency is nothing new. It has been predicted for years, and the solution is simple: Shift funds from the retirement fund to the disability fund, something that has been done many times in the past to rebalance the two.
- The average annual pre-disability income of SSD recipients is $42,156. The average benefit amount received from the SSD program is $13,980.
These facts are from a recent White House Blog post. Earlier posts on topics related to disability include:
- Direct video calling increases access for deaf citizens. Two federal departments, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Census Bureau, will offer video calling so that deaf citizens can communicate with staff members using American Sign Language.
- A number of people, including a deaf and blind attorney, shared their disability stories using the StoryCorps app.
- The White House is advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
- The Affordable Care Act helps people with disabilities because health insurers can no longer deny coverage to those with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
Targeted information about your SSD individual claim or appeal is available from the advocates at Binder & Binder®. As America's most successful disability advocates, we stay current on changes to the program and are able to help clients with their applications for benefits. If you were denied SSD benefits, call us from anywhere in the U.S. and territories to learn how we can help you.