Tag Archives | disability backlogs

Even After Winning, There are Delays!

Even after WINNING a claim, there are unconscionable delays in the Social Security system. Laurie Mickelberg, 49, is dying of cancer and needs Social Security disability benefits – now. However, she and thousands of others just like her, face a long waiting period and may not survive to collect. Mickelberg is fighting stage 4 ovarian […]

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Disabled Woman Struggles with Delays on Case

The tumors and cysts blinded Barbara Sales in her left eye and, years ago, lodged in her brain, have robbed her of far more than her sight and memory. Three seizures forced Sales, 53, to lose a job she’d hoped to get full time. Her maladies and medications, treatments for a rare genetic disease, have […]

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Long Waits for Hearing Persist

Social Security (SSA) has experienced a chronic and growing hearing backlog, and increased case processing times in recent years. This causes people to wait longer for decisions. SSA’s pending hearing backlog grew from about 694,000 cases at the end of June 2010 to approximately 1 million at the end of June 2015 – the latest […]

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Deluge of New Applications, Still Backlogs at all Levels

Today’s Washington Post reports on the deluge of applications for disability: “Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. “Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs — in […]

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Dire Backlogs Grow: Applicants Face Long Waits for Justice

In today’s USA Today, this article discusses the growing numbers for pending cases. In spite of everything SSA is doing to reduce these times and numbers, it can’t seem to keep up with new applications: “More than 728,000 Americans are awaiting appeal hearings for Social Security disability benefits, a 5% jump in pending cases during […]

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Are Backlogs Really Improving?

The Social Security system remains backlogged and although there is some improvement at the hearing level, one can question whether this is just because more cases are lagging behind at the initial and reconsideration levels of appeal. THe Associate Press takes on this issue here: “Nearly 2 million people are waiting to find out if […]

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