Social Security Disability can feel like a game. If you don't provide the right information, your application is denied. You try again with a different set of cards. You lose again. They tell you that you can play a few more rounds, and you wonder: Is it worth it? They make you wait months between each round. Meanwhile, your disability is not getting any better and you fear that you will lose your home, your car, your lifestyle.
There are only so many rejections a person can take before they wonder: Is it even worth it to continue trying?
In the last two blog posts, we discussed recent criticism of the Social Security Disability system. In this post, we will touch on one of the most common and perhaps most harmful statements people have been making about SSD: "Many Social Security Disability applicants do not deserve SSDI and are being mistakenly awarded it, costing taxpayers money."
In our last blog post, we discussed the uninformed criticism that Social Security Disability (SSD) administrative law judges have faced in the past year. In this post, we will look at the impact that various SSD decision-makers have on the program.
In the past few years, the media has been quick to question the value of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program. They have called attention to administrative law judges who award SSD in "too many cases;" have said that there has been an improper rise in SSD claims during the recession; and have criticized the SSD eligibility standards for illnesses and disorders recently defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
A December story in the Pioneer Press highlighted a woman with Fibromyalgia. The woman's Social Security Disability (SSD) application was denied and case delayed until the Pioneer Press Watchdog and the woman contacted the Social Security Administration, asking for it to take a fresh look at her case.
Last week, Forbes, USA Today and other significant news sources published articles claiming that Social Security disability is "on verge of insolvency." These claims come after congressional estimates were released showing that the Social Security disability trust fund could run out of money by 2017.
The chief Social Security Administration (SSA) judge in Huntington, West Virginia, voluntarily left his post recently as a result of a federal investigation into excessive payments awarded by a judge he supervised.