Being able to work a job can make a person feel proud and self-sufficient. This is why getting word that one cannot keep working due to a mental or physical condition can be disheartening in Pennsylvania. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can help to ease the financial burden people may feel if they can no longer make a living for themselves and their families. The concern is that some people are abusing the system and filing claims for benefits they don’t really need.
About 11 million people are getting disability benefits in the United States. This is a sharp increase from the three million who got them in 1980. As a result, some politicians want to ensure that disability benefits only going to those who qualify, due to legitimate ailments.
However, some government officials feel that these efforts may not necessarily save the program from going into the red within the next two years. Watchdogs in the government have complained that the system for reviewing and awarding disability claims has its flaws. Right now, there is a backlog of more than a million reviews.
As with other government programs, some people do try to take advantage of the system for assessing Social Security Disability Insurance claims. However, many others have a real need of these benefits, whether temporarily or permanently. If they don’t get these benefits, they literally do not know how they can afford to live. People in Pennsylvania whose claims are denied may feel frustrated, but they can fight back by appealing the claim denial. With proper legal guidance, they truly may be able to achieve the benefits they desperately need and for which they qualify.
Source: The Oklahoman, “Disability reviews won’t save Social Security program from shortfall, official says“, Chris Casteel, April 9, 2014