NPR reports that more than three million extra people are now collecting Social Security payments because of disability, than were in 2007. A new report from the Obama administration and others suggests that as people lose unemployment benefits, they’re going after disability benefits. Unemployment claims have been trickling down over the past few months, which […]

The Wall Street Journal this week is running a series on the long delays at Social Security. The backlog of applications for disability benefits is so big the Social Security Administration has a special code—DXDI—for appeals dismissed because the applicant died waiting. Since 2005, the agency has made 15,043 DXDI designations. One person who died […]

After practicing in this area for decades we can say it could be transformed and cured if there were a way to get partial disability. Many could work part time. Many more could not and survive, literally, on these benefits which are our safety net. Do families want to support these sick people? Impossible in […]

Amid all the rhetoric about the Social Security program’s finances, here is a nice simple explanation and graphs from the New York Times showing where we are and how we got there: “Social Security is a pay-as-you-go program financed by payroll taxes on workers and employers. When its revenues fall short of the benefits it […]

Everyone “knew” that disability applications were going up because of high unemployment rates, but here is a study that confirms the obvious: people need help. …”Their research found that close to 10% of Americans between the ages of 50 and 65 who didn’t have access to at least $5,000 applied for Social Security disability benefits […]

Today’s Wall Street Journals says that “The Social Security Administration has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system amid concerns it awards benefits to those who don’t deserve them and denies benefits to those who do. “A focus of the study is expected to be the work of roughly 1,500 administrative-law judges, who […]

This article has some fascinating statistics on disability payments, arranged geographically. Some coal mining areas of Kentucky and West Virginia have 25% or more of its working-age population disabled. At the other end of the spectrum, Utah has 2.8% of its population counted as disabled. The Social Security disability program started in 1957 as a […]

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