Understanding the ins and outs of Social Security disability benefits is helpful for individuals in Ohio who unexpectedly find themselves unable to do their jobs because of a disabling medical condition. Facing medical challenges can be enough of a struggle without also suffering the inability to work. Fortunately, Social Security disability (SSD) benefits provide an important lifeline to disabled individuals who are unable to work because of their disability.
The backlog for processing Social Security disability claims is a well-known and well-documented problem. This blog recently discussed how important it is to understand how to qualify for Social Security disability benefits and to be familiar with the application process. Because the process can be complex and lengthy, it helps to understand how claims for Social Security benefits are evaluated but some recent good news may help address some of the backlog.
Many initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied which is why it is important for disabled applicants to understand that a denial is not the end of the process and to be familiar with the options available to appeal a denied claim for Social Security disability benefits. There are several levels of appeal following a denied claim for Social Security disability benefits.
A previous blog post discussed the increased wait times for Ohioans and people across the country on their Social Security disability claims. Due to Social Security Administration (SSA) budget cuts, cost -saving measures such as hiring freezes and staff cuts were implemented. As a result, many people are left waiting, sometimes years, to get decisions on their claims.
Social Security Administration budget cuts have led to cost-saving measures such as hiring freezes and staff cuts. Those applying for disability benefits are now facing longer wait times due to such underfunding and inadequate staffing. Many Ohioans are left waiting months, sometimes years, to get a decision on their Social Security disability claims.
Approximately 6,000 Ohioans will no longer receive benefits from the Disability Financial Assistance (DFA) program after the latest state budget went into effect in July. The program cost $9.6 million last year, a mere fraction of the state's $34.5 billion general revenue fund budget. However, on July 1, they no longer accepted applications, and all current recipients will stop receiving payments at the end of the year.
Social Security disability benefits are available to those who are suffering from a disability that renders them unable to work for an extended period of time. Eligibility to receive SSD benefits usually depends upon an applicant's ability to meet the SSA requirements for listed medical or mental conditions, but it may also hinge upon a number of vocational factors.
The process of filing for Social Security disability insurance is complicated for residents of Ohio and across the country. After obtaining all the medical documentation and submitting all the forms, the last thing an applicant wants to hear is that they have been denied. However, if this is the case, it may be possible to appeal the Social Security Administration's decision.
It may be more important than ever to thoroughly understand the application and appeals processes for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security disability (SSD) process may have recently become even harder for applicants to obtain benefits. New regulations which recently went into effect are eliminating what is referred to as the treating-physician rule. Prior to the change, the rule required reviewers of applications to place significant weight on the physician's report provided in support of the claim for benefits submitted by the applicant.
Even if you have a severe disability, getting the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you need is never easy. In fact, most disability claims are initially denied. Fortunately, however, there are several steps you can take to strengthen your disability claim - and thereby increase your chances of receiving the benefits you need and deserve.