7 Month Wait Just to Get Rejected: A Million Backlogged Social Security Disability Applications

A million Americans await a decision on their applications for Social Security Disability payments. The wait time to get a decision is about 7 months, and 2-in-3 first applications get rejected. Examiners, swamped by the volume and mental toll of the work, quit in large numbers, and new job postings trigger few applicants. What can be done about this federal program, administered by the states, to get truly disabled people the help they need, while weeding out spurious applications. 

Here’s a link to Lisa Rein’s Washington Post Story on this topic: Social Security Offices Critical to Disability Benefits Hit Breaking Point

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