From our partners at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia
The Social Security Administration just announced that it wants to change its rules for people who get disability benefits, including SSI. Most people would have to prove disability every two years.
Social Security expects to cut off nearly two million people over the next ten years. These are people with severe disabilities who can’t work.
THE NEW RULES WOULD HURT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
- Getting Social Security disability benefits is incredibly burdensome. It can take years to qualify, and the process is time-consuming and stressful. The new rules would force people to start over just two years later.
- Social Security makes mistakes. Social Security does not always follow the law for disability reviews, and people get cut off by mistake. The new rules would make these problems worse.
- More reviews would clog the Social Security system for everyone. People often wait two years or more for Social Security hearings. The new rules would push more people into the system, creating longer delays for people who need income urgently and cannot work.
- There are not enough lawyers to help people. Without a lawyer, most people will not make it successfully through the review process. But many lawyers are not able to handle disability reviews, so people will go without the help they need.
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