Recent revisions to Social Security are significant in that the connection between Social Security taxes and benefits received has essentially disappeared. Instead, Social Security has recently been framed as a jobs program, and it's difficult to know how impactful this will be upon Michigan recipients.
Individuals with a disability are 60 percent more likely to be experiencing unemployment than those that are not disabled. In 2011, the unemployment rate for disabled individuals was at 13.1 percent while it was 8.1 percent for the rest of the population. So while many individuals are unable to obtain employment, their situations are even more exasperated by at the same time being denied Social Security Disability Benefits for either illness or injury.
Though much has changed for Michigan women in the workforce during recent years, problems continue to arise that can be particularly unique to their gender. Their economic circumstances tend to be different since women on average earn less but live longer than men. Women in dire financial circumstances who are unable to work because of an illness or injury are likely to be even more dependent upon Social Security Disability than men.
An unemployed and disabled man moved from Michigan to Toledo in hopes of finding a job. Unfortunately, he still has not been able to find a job and at one point did not have enough money for rent. With a wife and six children, the family was evicted and the homestead soon became their mini-van. The facilities the family used were the restrooms at various truck stops.
Injured individuals applying for Social Security Disability Benefits often are kept waiting by the Social Security Administration. Some individuals have died while waiting for their benefits to be processed. One individual was approved for benefits nine-days after he had passed away. Another individual that was shot four-times is still waiting for his benefits some four-years later.