Social Security Disability

August 23, 2011 by staff 

Social Security DisabilitySocial Security Disability, With problems of unemployment is driving more and more Americans to seek disability benefits, the program is already weakened trust fund faces a bleak future. Like the older unemployed workers have been forced to apply for Social Security retirement much earlier than expected, thousands of unemployed people with disabilities, or hope that might qualify are applying for Disability Insurance Social Security (SSDI).

SSDI benefits are more generous retirement benefits become retirement benefits once the recipient reaches full retirement age. In addition, SSDI benefits the recipient to qualify for Medicare after two years regardless of what the individual has attained age at the time.

The influx of new beneficiaries is draining SSDI trust funds much faster than expected. Last year, the program grew and 127.7 billion in profits, but only received 104 billion and SSDI payroll taxes. Since he began running deficits in 2005, the trust fund SSDI has declined steadily and is expected to continue in 2017 or 2018. Assets could be transferred from a little healthier retirement and survivors, but doing so could weaken a portion of Social Security is facing its own crisis.

To make matters worse, SSDI has a history of major administrative problems, and the candidates face long delays in reaching a decision, even if the delays as they go through the appeal process and the different rules for approval, depending on the state we live about 40 percent of initial applications are denied, while an appeal can be heard in Delaware just 10 months later, the same attraction that can not be heard for 20 months in Ohio. Despite the continuing efforts of the past several Social Security commissioners, who still has more than 400 days (compared to over 500) for a decision, and its success in reducing waiting times is likely to be overwhelmed by the thousands of new applicants.

Fixing the problem means raising payroll taxes or spend more. SSDI is full of demanding requirements that decisions of bureaucratic delay and tie the hands of appellate judges or influence their decisions. In fact, the reform program is not easy, but not impossible.

In July, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a comprehensive program to reduce federal spending, which includes detailed proposals (starts on page 532) for fixing SSDI, reducing overpayments, and so it easier for applicants to obtain an accurate decision in an acceptable period of time. The latest news on SSDI confirms what we already knew, like its sister program, Social Security must be fixed through comprehensive reforms.

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