Senator Pushes for Expedited Social Security Disability Benefits for Terminally Ill

August 12, 2013

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently facing a growing number of applicants for Social Security Disability Benefits, leading a large backlog of unprocessed claims. Estimates show there are thousands of claims for benefits that have taken longer than 125 days to process.

To help reduce the size of this backlog, the SSA and lawmakers have taken several steps to improve the efficiency of the application process for benefits.  One of the first changes made was to expand the number of conditions that qualify for compassionate allowances. These allowances are given to those who are in the most dire need for benefits due to the life-threatening nature or severity of their conditions.

Now lawmakers are looking to further speed up the processing of claims. The County Press reports that Mike Green, a U.S. Senator from Michigan, has introduced a bill calling for benefits to be expedited to patients suffering from conditions that leave them terminally ill.

Those who receive benefits under the program will receive half of their monthly benefit the first month, with the amount increasing to a 75 percent share in the second month. By the third month, the claimant receives full benefits.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton applaud the efforts being made to get disabled people the assistance they need.

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