Dec. 12, 2012
In an effort to improve the speed in which Social Security Disability Benefits claims are approved, the federal government recently broadened a program fast tracking approval for certain conditions. According to an article from The Oregonian, the changes came following a rising number of claims for benefits during the past few years.
Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that this year, a total of 3.2 million Americans applied for Social Security Disability benefits, an increase from 2.6 million in 2008. The amount of time it takes to process each claim has also become a prominent concern. A single claim can sometimes be bogged down with paperwork for years at a time, and as many as two-thirds of initial claims are rejected.
The new program, called Compassionate Allowances, addresses these issues. Claimants suffering from conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers are almost immediately approved for benefits with minimal documentation. Since the introduction of the program, more than 200,000 Americans have been able to start receiving benefits within weeks and the program is set to expand by adding 35 more conditions to the approval list.
The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm are happy to see such the new program being lauded as a success by providing citizens with the benefits they need.