Social Security Disability Reform

The Evolution of the Social Security Disability Program

by Staff | November 4th, 2015

The U.S. Social Security Disability program was established in 1956 as a way to provide citizens who suffered from a disabling mental or physical condition for longer than one year with a sustainable income. Since that time, some aspects of the program have changed, while others have stayed the same. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently took a closer look at how the program has evolved over the years, as well as which aspects remain in their original form.

While many of the requirements for receiving Social Security Disability benefits have stayed the same, such as suffering from one of many eligible disabling conditions, more workers than ever before are participating in the program. The amount each disabled worker receives has also increased over time.

A few things that have not changed over the years include the fact that most disabled workers have a long work history in our country and a majority of claimants are older.

The SSA report shows as many as 75 percent of Social Security Disability recipients had earned as many as 80 percent of the available credits towards benefits since they were 21-years-old. Also, a total of 72 percent of those participating in the program were age 50 or older.

The success of the Social Security Disability program is important to each staff member at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. The Social Security Disability lawyers are hopeful to see the program continue to function as it was intended in the future as well.

SSA Considering Policy Changes To Improve The Disability Application Process

by Staff | December 27th, 2013

December 27, 2013

There are millions of Americans who depend on Social Security Disability Benefits as their main source of income due to the fact they are unable to work because of a mental or physical condition; however, there are thousands of others who have applied for such benefits, but are awaiting a decision on their case.

The Social Security Administration is working to address this issue though, by offering grants of $10,000 to graduate level students who wish to conduct research into how to improve the current disability application process. The program is being operated by Policy Research, Inc., and will be continued for the next three years. It will then be renewable annually.

Two studies into how to improve the system have already been approved for funding and a third will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, the agency has already announced several expected changes that will be implemented in the coming year in order to create a more efficient application process. For instance, the way applications and potential employment are assessed will each receive major overhauls, while officials will also look into better ways to examine evidence that is presented regarding an individual’s disability.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how complex the Social Security disability system can sometimes prove to be. That’s why the firm urges anyone considering applying for such benefits to first discuss their case with a qualified attorney.