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Report: SSDI backlog tops one million

He worked as a stone mason until a series of heart attacks forced him in his late 50s to stop working. He applied for Social Security Disability benefits in 2014, but his claim was denied. He appealed the decision, but died in November of last year following a fourth and final heart attack.

Ten months later, the Social Security Administration sent him word that his appeal had been successful and that he was eligible to begin receiving SSDI benefits.

The story shared by the Associated Press illustrates the heartbreak that can accompany the growing Social Security Disability backlog. AP reports that over a million Americans are now waiting to hear whether or not their appeals have been successful. The average wait is now nearly two years long.

More than 10 million Americans now receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, with another 8 million getting disability benefits through another federal program: Supplemental Security Income. SSI is for people who don't qualify for SSDI.

Associated Press correctly points out that no one gets rich on SSDI: "the average benefit is $1,037 a month — too small to lift a family of two out of poverty."

The silver lining in the article about the backlog is that the Social Security Administration is hiring 500 new administrative law judges and an additional 600 support staff to speed the claims and appeals processes.

Orange County applicants will hopefully soon reap the benefits of the added manpower so that people can get the help they need and deserve.

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