Sunday, March 13, 2016

Possible Increased Scrutiny of SSDI Applications

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides a vital economic lifeline for individuals who are disabled. As more members of the baby boomer generation continue to live longer but encounter injuries and suffer other disability causing events, the demand for SSDI has increased.

As a result of increased SSDI recipients, the federal trust fund that is the source of SSDI began to run low and was reportedly going to be depleted by the end of 2016. Fortunately, that possibility will be avoided as a result of a budget deal between Congress and the Executive Branch last October.

Part of the bill that passed will include new investigatory divisions that will carefully examine suspicious SSDI applications. The effect of these new divisions on SSDI applicants remains to be seen. Will they make it harder for all SSDI applicants to become approved or just those that appear “suspicious”?

According to Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip, the new reforms are designed “to prevent people from abusing [SSDI], from the double-dipping and fraud involved in [SSDI].”

Because of increased scrutiny on SSDI applications, people who are considering applying for SSDI should speak with an advocate who can help prepare and review applications, as well as handle appeals.

If you or a family member is thinking of applying for SSI or SSDI or has been denied SSI or SSDI, contact Attorney Stephanie Merritt Driscoll online or by telephone at 949-359-1370.

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