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January 2017 Archives

Social Security Administration to receive funding for hearings

The blog recently discussed the appeals process when applicants have been denied Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, there has been a significant backlog to receive a hearing following a denial of benefits which is one level in the appeals process. There are currently 1.1 million applications for SSD benefits waiting for a hearing and the average wait time from initial application to a hearing decision is 26 months.

Disability applicants should understand the appeals process

Being denied for Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income is not the end of the process of applying for benefits and should not be considered the end of the process. The majority of applications for disability benefits are initially denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) which is why it is important for disabled individuals to be familiar with their rights as applicants to appeal.

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