Last month, the new session of the House of Representatives passed a bill
that will affect the way that the Social Security disability program will
be funded. Under the new changes, the fund will no longer be replenished
by tax funds from the Social Security retirement fund. The transfer of
tax money between these two funds has kept both programs functioning for years.
According to a
recent article from
Media Matters For America
, Texas' own Representative Sam Johnson and Senator Rand Paul are leading
the charge on these changes and continue to perpetuate a deep-seated mistrust
of SSD beneficiaries among Republicans. The congressmen cite fraud prevention
as the inspiration for the bill and insist that countless citizens who
are benefiting from disability insurance are not actually suffering from
truly debilitating conditions.
However, as a recent report from
Los Angeles Times points out
, applying for and receiving SSD benefits is, in fact, a highly regulated
and rigorous process.
They cited the following statistics on the SSD applications from 2013:
- Slightly more than a 25% of SSD applicants are initially accepted
- Only about 13% more applicants are accepted after appeals
- A total of roughly 41% of SSD applicants actually receive money
Media Matters for America goes on to mention a nonpartisan Government Accountability Office investigation
that estimated that only 0.4% of SSD beneficiaries had likely committed
fraud to get their benefits.
The Future of Social Security Disability Benefits
It is difficult to forecast how SSD benefits will change in the coming
few years now that this adjustment has taken place, but predictions are
not hopeful. The
Los Angeles Times estimates that, as soon as next year, "11 million beneficiaries would
have to be cut 20%."
At Coats & Todd, we know firsthand just how essential the Social Security
disability program is in retaining the quality of life and dignity of
so many disabled American workers. Even if securing this insurance for
our clients becomes more difficult in the months to come, we will continue
to tirelessly dedicate our time and resources to making sure they receive
the support they need.
If you or a loved one are struggling to receive the benefits you need from
the Social Security disability program, then
contact us to speak with a dedicated Dallas SSD attorney at our firm today.