Applicant Dies Waiting for Disability Decision

From the Charlotte Observer:

Ronald McKoy, homeless and HIV positive, applied for Social Security disability payments in October 2004 because he said he was too sick to work.
About a year later, social workers say, the 50-year-old McKoy barely weighed 100 pounds and went to a local hospital vomiting blood.
Yet, even when he died in February as a resident of the Uptown Men’s Shelter, he was still awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether he qualified for disability benefits.
“He was clearly disabled,” said Lynn Bishop, McKoy’s attorney. “I’m confident he would have won.”
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