Friday, September 19, 2008

Social Security Disability - three quarters of a million waiting

Here's a link to an article on social security disability. It features a social security disability attorney who actually had three of his clients commit suicide in the prior year. As attorney Tim cuddigan stated, the problem with the SSD disability and SSI programs are that they haven't been sufficiently funded for the last 15 years.

Some notable bits from the article:

1. There are 765,000 disability cases currently on appeal.

2. In Nebraska, it can take 2 and a half years to get a disability hearing.

3. Nebraska's backlogs are large enough that cases in the state of Nebraska are being transferred to California.

The article further mentions that SSA has hired a substantial number of administrative law judges, and that the House ways and Means committee will investigate the performance of social security hearing offices.

It's that last part that bugs me. In a recent posting, I pointed out that the House Subcommittee on Social Security recently found that one of the major problems facing hearing offices is that they lack sufficient support staff.

Good grief. Will these guys in Congress just wake up, or at least be honest with the American public. Fingers of blame for the social security disability backlog problem should not be pointed at social security disability hearing offices, or at any component of the disability evaluation system. They should, instead, be pointed squarely at Congress. The backlog problem, and a number of other problems, is the result of inadequate staffing and inadequate funding. To which I could say, fine, Congress doesn't want to fund the social security administration properly? So be it. But to hold hearings to learn the cause of the problem...that they themselves created really stretches the limit.

There's a saying. You get the leadership you deserve. I hope that's not true. I find it hard to believe that individuals who have a disability and are unable to work in this country truly deserve this level of incompetence on the part of their elected leadership.

765,000 Americans Wait For Social Security Benefits

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