Tim Moore, and his wife, are former disability examiners. Currently, his wife works as a field office claims representative–the folks who take disability applications. Moore has a passion to share the truth with those who need it most–the folks filing those disability applications.
Two facts that Moore claims the current SSA commissioner, Michael Astrue, understands all too well.
- A denied SSDI claimant, who files an appeal, can expect to wait 500 days before a decision is made.
- There is a record breaking backlog of over 700,000 SSDI cases.
As Moore sees it, despite proposed changes by the administration to improve the way SSA handles claims it is unlikely to improve the backlog problem.
One of the proposed changes, which SSA suggests will decrease the backlog of cases, is that claimants will be required to submit all medical evidence at least 5 days before a hearing. Sounds reasonable, right. Problem is that the backlog has nothing to do with submission of medical records. Instead of dealing with the real source of the backlog–inadequate funding to hire the needed manpower–Congress and SSA play a clever shell game where the public’s attention is misdirected.
There is more to read about Social Security Disability at Tim Moore’s “My Disability Blog.”