Here in New York, we've all heard about the crisis that Social Security is going through. They're running out of money quickly, and lawmakers have not been able to come to a solution for how to keep it afloat. Unfortunately, it seems that the program may be paying out disability benefits to those who may not need it, which certainly isn't helping its financial situation or those who truly need benefits.
On Monday, a subcommittee of the Social Security Administration released information showing that 25 percent of SSD recipients may have been improperly awarded benefits. The group studied 300 cases and found that a quarter of them had contradictory, incomplete or insufficient evidence to support a claim for disability.
There report also shows some concerning information about some administrative law judges who may be too liberal in awarding benefits.
The SSA responded to the report by saying they will continue to work on improving the benefits approval process to ensure that only those who truly need assistance will be awarded benefits.
Many New Yorkers rely on Social Security disability benefits to cover basic living expenses. When reports like this come out, it may be frustrating for people who are truly disabled but have been denied benefits. The SSD application is complex, time-consuming and often confusing. Some find that speaking to an experienced attorney is a good way to make sure you submit a complete application. It may help increase your chances of being awarded the benefits you need.
Source: Fox News, "Senate report: Quarter of Social Security disability benefits improperly awarded," Sept. 17, 2012