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Is the Disability Waitlist a Sign of Mismanagement?

  When a disability claim is denied, the claimant eventually has the option to have their case reviewed by an administrative law judge (ALJ). However, getting such a hearing can take a long time. The most recent estimate for how long it takes to see an ALJ is 633 days, almost two years. What is the cause of this disability waitlist, and is there any way to fix it? Is Mismanagement a Reason the Disability Waitlist Is So Long? Judge Marilyn Zahm, the president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, recently talked to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution(AJC) about the 1.1 million claimant long backlog. She points to a lack of leadership at the Social Security Administration, short staffs, and inefficient handling of cases as the culprits for the waitlist. As president of the nationwide body that many of our ALJ’s belong to, Zahm has suggested more efficient ways to handle…
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Are Aging Baby Boomers the Reason SSDI Claims Are Up?

  After World War II, the United States experienced a booming period of economic success. As a result of that success, the population of our nation skyrocketed as families grew along with their success. This created an entire generation of Americans known as the baby boomers. Now that decades have passed, this generation is quickly approaching retirement age, but the country may not be ready for this, and the Social Security disability system may be the first place this weakness shows up. Are SSDI Claims Up Because of Aging Baby Boomers? Since 2002, the population of the U.S. has grown around 16 percent, but the number of people claiming disability has far exceeded this growth. In the same period of time, the number of disability recipients has increase to 8.7 million, which translates to a whopping 57 percent. So, what caused this increase disability claimants? Age is seen as the…
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How to Make Your Disability Application More Successful

In 2016, 2.3 million people applied for disabled worker benefits, but only around 744,000 of those applicants were awarded benefits. That means that only about a third of applicants were actually approved for benefits, and if you factor in the 1.1-million-person waitlist and the 633-day average wait time for an appeals hearing, getting benefits seems like a daunting task. However, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of not getting a denial. Ways to Improve Your Disability Application You need to make sure that you qualify for SSDI before you send in an application. This means that you must suffer from an illness or injury that prevents you from working. That condition must be either terminal or be expected to last for over one year. You must also have paid payroll taxes for an average of 10 years before your claim, and those tax payments…
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Three Myths About Getting SSDI Approval

Recently, we discussed the Social Security Disability backlog, which has stretched to 1.1 million people long. This can make applying for Social Security disability seem like an impossible task, however, there are some details you need to know. There are myths about applying for disability benefits, and debunking them can help show you that SSDI approval is not a fairy tale. Busting Myths About Getting SSDI Approval Social Security Disability Denials Are Random– There are frequent denials in the first step applying for SSDI, but these denials are not random. For instance, two men who have similar back issues apply for disability. One is denied and yet the other’s benefits are approved in the beginning of the process. At first this seems random until you learn that the man whose benefits were denied was 41, while the other man was 59. There are factors that make finding alternative work easier…
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Could a New Database Lead to More Jobs for People with Disabilities?

Did you know the Department of Defense has a hiring goal for people with disabilities? For certain targeted disabilities, the DoD has a 2 percent goal and for people with a general disability the goal is 12 percent. This provides people with disabilities a chance to work that they might not get in the private sector. Now, an Air Force base right here in Oklahoma is trying to be a leader in this area of DoD hiring, and a new tool is making that goal a reality. How Is Tinker AFB Providing More Jobs for People with Disabilities? Hiring at Tinker Air Force Base was a challenge just two years ago. Staffers would have to sort through applications to find qualified candidates, then they would forward those applicants to managers for review. It was a tedious process made even more complicated when trying to find people with disabilities to hire….
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