In 2008, the Social Security Administration decided to update its computer systems in an effort to reduce the number of disability claims that had yet to be resolved. However, the program, which was named the Disability Case Processing System, has spent $288 million since then, and an outside consulting firm said that the program is two to three years from being completed. However, the agency also reportedly said that the project was two to three years from completion in 2008.
Social Security Disability benefits supply essential funds to Americans who suffer from a wide-range of mental conditions, including schizophrenia, personal disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and autism. The benefits also help those with intellectual disabilities. The Social Security Administration sends a monthly disability check to people who are eligible under the list of defined mental disorders. People who are unable to manage their funds due to insufficient mental capacity, may receive help from a third party organization.
Many of the brave men and women who serve in the various branches of the American military are often left with disabilities as a result of their service. Such disabilities may hinder their ability to find jobs in the private sector once their military service is over. Thus, many of thee veterans, some of whom live right here in St. Louis, find themselves in need of financial assistance in order to meet their basic needs. Fortunately for them, a new collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will soon make the process of applying for disability benefits much easier.
Much of the news that has come out lately regarding the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit programs has focused on recent major scandals involving fraud against the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, these negative headlines have served to take the focus away from the assistance that these programs provide to countless people here in St. Louis and throughout the rest of the country.
The most common complaint that most in St. Louis hear about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is that the qualification system is flawed and in need of revisions. As external pressure has mounted recently to address concerns regarding fraud and abuse, and with a potential fiscal crisis looming over the SSDI program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced plans to make changes to the current applicant evaluation process.
St. Louis residents may have heard quite a bit in the news lately about the increases in the number of beneficiaries receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. While the reasons behind this increase in the benefit population remain a hotly contested issue, another problem potentially looms large for the federal assistance program: possible financial insolvency.
In 2013, the Social Security Administration (SSA) paid out $10 billion to over 8.9 million beneficiaries. Yet these gaudy benefit numbers hide a nationwide trend showing that approvals for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) have steadily declined since 2010. This decline in approvals has only served to add fuel to the argument made by critics that the SSA requirements for disability benefits need to be revised.
While it often seems as though the only news that comes out about the Social Security Disability (SSD) beneficiary program is bad news, it should still be remembered that the Social Security Administration (SSA) helps millions of disabled Americans through the benefits this program provides. And despite the perception that many may have about the stringency of the SSA's requirements to qualify for such benefits, statistics show that the number of beneficiaries participating in this program has rose significantly in the last twenty years.
In recent times, terminology describing various impairments has changed to reflect a greater respect for people with disabilities. Where it used to be socially acceptable to refer to people in derogatory terms such "deaf and dumb," "retarded," or "crippled," these terms are now known to be hurtful and disrespectful. When people use thoughtful speech to refer to the disabled, it promotes greater self-esteem for these individuals as well as acceptance in the St. Louis and nationwide communities. Indeed, this concept is becoming more widespread as evidenced by a final rule recently published by the Social Security Administration. The update provides that the words "mental retardation" will now read "intellectual disability" in the SSA's agency rules.
Is it true that the Social Security Administration is running out of funds to pay recipients of disability insurance? According to some reports, in three short years, the administration will be out of funds to pay people approved to receive Social Security disability benefits in St. Louis and throughout the United States. Consequently, economists and scholars with tax backgrounds are engaging in a current discussion on the problem and providing their opinions and suggestions to solve the problem.