Thousands Of Americans Die While Waiting For A Disability Hearing Due To Social Security Backlogs

Thousands Of Americans Die While Waiting For A Disability Hearing Due To Social Security Backlogs

From 2008 to 2019, almost 110,000 people died as they awaited an appeal after initially being denied Social Security disability benefits, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan federal agency.  In addition,between 2014 and 2019, 50,000 people filed for bankruptcy waiting for their cases to be resolved.  The average wait time is now approximately 506 days for a disability hearing.  People seeking disability benefits have the right to appeal if the Social Security Administration denies their claim.  Most applicants are turned down the first time they apply, with only a quarter of initial applicants approved in some years, according to data from the SSA.  But an appeal has a good chance of succeeding, with the GAO finding that 49% of people who filed appeals between 2008 to 2019 and whose cases were concluded within that period were ultimately successful in receiving disability benefits. 

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