Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist

September 19, 2017
Associate Press

More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will live.

All have been denied benefits at least once, as most applications are initially rejected. But in a system where the outcome of a case often depends on who decides it, most people who complete the appeals process will eventually win benefits. The numbers come from data compiled by the Social...

Applying for Disability Benefits

August 24, 2017
Chicago Tribune

In past columns, I have encouraged people who qualify to learn about and apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The Social Security Administration has a strict definition of who is disabled. You must have an impairment severe enough to prevent you from doing substantial work, and that condition must have lasted (or must be expected to last) more than a year.

Some individuals with low income and resources may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI),...

Blog: After 82 Years, Social Security Remains Strong

August 21, 2017

82 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. It established one of our nation’s greatest social and economic achievements: a law that at its very core was meant to allow people to meet their basic needs at the most vulnerable times in their lives.

Unfortunately, this hallmark legislation has come under enormous scrutiny over the past few decades, making what should be a nonpartisan issue a focal point of partisan grandstanding. Social Security...

COLUMN: Trump administration targets Social Security disability

August 18, 2017
Daily Hampshire Gazette

A few days before Memorial Day, President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. Trump decided to put major programs on the chopping block, including Social Security.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly promised that he would “not touch Social Security” and that he in fact wanted to save it. Not only does he betray his promise, but as the Gazette article details, he proposes slashing Social Security by a whopping $72 billion — the biggest cuts would be to...