Improving the Social Security Disability Benefits Program

Posted on March 30 2016 by Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC

The latest news from Washington is reporting that the GOP is at odds with the Democratic Party over the amount of money that will be available for the Social Security disability benefits program. According to the Congressional Budget, there may be some truth to his statement. To cover the costs of all the claims over the next ten years, the administration will need more than $350 billion if it continues to be run under the current program model.

A Call for Reform

President Obama’s first move towards addressing the disparity was to propose a number of improvements to the program and the entire Social Security program as a whole. His proposals were aimed at preventing the money from bleeding out through fraudulent claims and avoid a cut-off of benefits for those who are truly deserving.

Here are some of his proposed solutions:

  • Use early intervention strategies to help allow employees to continue to work
  • Support the SSDI trust fund by reallocating current taxation percentages
  • Employ more administrative law judges and use more stringent hiring practices
  • Implement a mandatory funding stream to review prior cases every few years

Members of the GOP, such as Senator Enzi, continue to remain skeptical of these proposals because they appear to be putting a bandage over the situation rather than fixing the problem. There is the idea that the entire program could use an overhaul because the SSDI benefits program was more suited to a bygone era, and not the current once that we live in, where the average American lifespan is much longer than it was 50 years ago.

Looking Past Fundamental Differences

Putting aside party differences in values and ideology, the bottom line is that the problem with the SSDI program is that due to lowered budgets, understaffing, and the rise in fraudulent or false claims, it has made the process longer and even more frustrating for those with legitimate disability claims and can no longer work because of it. To help better assist you, call on our Roanoke social security disability attorneys as soon as possible to guide you through the application process and make sure your claim is error-free and stands the best chance of approval.

You deserve to have benefits if you cannot work due to your disabilities. We can help you obtain them! Call Agnew & Rosenberg, PLLC and let us take the reins and walk you through the process.

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