Social Security disability benefits are an important resource for thousands of disabled Americans, for whom the continued vitality of the Social Security disability program is critical. This is why it is concerning that the program is facing serious financial challenges in the coming year. As things stand, the program’s trust fund is set to go off the track in 2016, which could result in beneficiaries having their payments cut.
It should come as no surprise that Americans with mental illness have a harder time finding and keeping jobs than Americans without mental illness. What is surprising, though, is that the jobless rate among the mentally ill population is currently as high as it is. According to a new study, around 80 percent of those with mental illness are unemployed.
While we write frequently about the Social Security disability program on this blog, we do not write as frequently about its sister program, Supplemental Security Income. SSI, as the program is usually abbreviated, is different in nature from the Social Security disability program.
In our last post, we began speaking about the scrutiny to which some SSDI judges have been subjected recently based on the contention is that they are thoughtlessly approving claims.. Although this alleged “rubber-stamping” of claims is skewed in the direction of approving rather than denying claims, the possibility of inaccurate or improper decision-making in SSDI claims should concern any applicant.
The Social Security Administration, it seems, has been in the news a lot of late. Much of the news has to do with criticisms of the way things are being handled, investigations into the program, and the financial challenges looming on the horizon. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently held a hearing in which administrative law judges with the Social Security Administration.