Like many government programs, Social Security Disability is under financial strain and is also under the control of Congress. It is up to Congress to make decisions as to who and who should not receive disability benefits and specifically what the designation of disability should be.
The growth of the disability program is in part because it originally only covered individuals between the age of 50 and 64 applying for disability benefits. Eventually benefits were expanded to dependents of such disabled individuals, and the age requirement of being at least 50-years of age to receive such benefits was eliminated. Such benefits now cover 8 million disabled Americans and 2 million dependents.
The growth of the amount spent on Social Security Disability means that it will also be under increased scrutiny by Congress. This also means that we can expect more regulations that will create more complexities in receiving such benefits.
We can expect more applications for Social Security Disability to be denied in the future. However, those that receive able assistance from individuals that understand the Social Security Disability rules and regulations are more likely to have their applications accepted than those that apply without any assistance.
Social Security Disability benefits are available for protection of the 150 million workers currently in the United States. Increasingly, such benefits cover more women injured at the job place than in the past in part because women formerly were not represented in large numbers at the workplace. For those injured at the workplace, such benefits may be their only source of income until they are again healthy enough to get back to work.
Source: insurancenewsnet.com, “House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing,” Dec. 5, 2011