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.