Saturday, March 4, 2017

Potential Changes to Disability Social Security Under the Trump Administration

The recent executive order from President Donald Trump freezing federal hiring and the proposed Republican reforms to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would change eligibility for and utilization of disability social security. The changes are expected to be drastic.

Status of Disability Claims

Claims for Social Security disability insurance are rising. Applications jumped from 1.9 million a decade ago to 2.7 million. The rate of approval of the Social Security Administration, however, is low, at only 36% of all claims filed from 2004 to 2013. Around 25% received benefits for initial claim, 2% were approved through appeals, while 11% are still being considered at hearings. Social Security benefits give income support to people who paid contributions, but, because of disability, could no longer work for a year or more.

Approval for disability Social security is low, while processing takes a long time. At of the end of 2016, 1,650 judges studied and decided on disability claims. Around 1.1 million applicants with disability await their decision for eligibility. Furthermore, waiting for a hearing can extend the application process for a year or more. The entire processing puts the bulk of responsibility on the applicant who is expected to ensure that the right materials go to the right people at particular schedules. Read more from this blog:

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