Social Security budget increase to help those in need

Every time you receive a paycheck, you'll notice that a portion is paid out to the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you get hurt and are unable to work, paying into that system is what gives you access to disability coverage. When you need it most, Social Security is supposed to be the security net you need. It should only require an application, which you'd expect to get approved quickly.

The problem with Social Security disability (SSD) is that many people have to wait months or years to be approved for the very benefits they've earned over time. Presently, people wait up to 600 days, on average, for an approval or denial letter. If they're denied, people have to appeal for the coverage they need, adding many months or years to their already too-long wait.

The good news is that after sending a letter to the Senate, the government signed into law a budget of $12.9 billion for the SSA. This should help the organization catch up on the backlog, improve efficiency and get more people the disability payments they need.

If you've had to wait for SSD just to find out that you haven't received the benefits you need because you've been denied, you may feel devastated. Remember, you do have a right to appeal any decision that affects you in this way. Your attorney can help you review the documents you want to submit and also make sure you have everything documented that the SSA needs to approve your application. With the right help, you can get approved more easily and get the benefits you need paid sooner.

Source: News Channel 21, "Wyden cheers move to cut Social Security disability backlog," March 23, 2018

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