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Reducing the Social Security Disability Backlog

A recent bipartisan agreement to raise the caps on discretionary spending in 2018 and 2019 calls for more funding for the Social Security Administration’s operating budget.  The SSA’s budget shrank by 11 percent between 2010 and 2017, even as the SSA’s workload grew.

A consequence of these deep cuts is that over one million people are awaiting a financial decision on their SSD application.  They wait an average of nearly two years for decisions on their appeals.

Other consequences include the facts that the backlog hurts taxpayers who have paid into the system for decades, some people wait more than three years for a final decision on their application, these long waits can cause financial ruin and family breakdown, and each year thousands of applicants die awaiting a decision.